An infection of the small intestine caused by a single-celled organism of the Giardia species. Giardia are passed in the feces of a contaminated animal and can survive in a cold, wet environment for months. Younger animals are more commonly affected. Infection is common in kennels where animals are housed in groups. Diarrhea and vomiting are common clinical signs. Diagnosis of Giardia using a fecal examination can be difficult because the organisms are small and not passed with every stool. Antiparasitic medications are administered for treatment.
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