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Our dog has giardia. Can I catch it? What are typical symptoms and treatment?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Giardia Details...

Transmission of infectious Giardia cysts occurs via three routes: waterborne, foodborne, or fecal-oral transmission.
Exercise caution when cleaning up feces, use gloves and wash hands afterward. Risk is very low. 50% of patients clear the infection with experiencing symptoms. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, malaise, cramps, nausea, etc. Treatment: symptomatic management and antibiotics.

In brief: Giardia Details...

Transmission of infectious Giardia cysts occurs via three routes: waterborne, foodborne, or fecal-oral transmission.
Exercise caution when cleaning up feces, use gloves and wash hands afterward. Risk is very low. 50% of patients clear the infection with experiencing symptoms. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, malaise, cramps, nausea, etc. Treatment: symptomatic management and antibiotics.
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