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I have two 9 month old German Shepherd puppies. They were…

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I have two 9 month old German Shepherd puppies. They were diagnosed yesterday with Giardia. They have mild diarrhea. It is more like thick pudding. They are playing pretty normally but they are a little lethargic as well. They are also not eating normal. They do eat but about half of what they normally do. My question is can the giardia cause a lack of appetite and the lethargy? They had their second dose of panacour this AM. How long before they should start feeling back to normal?
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Richard Rawling
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Giardia certainly can make them feel miserable so the lack of appetite and lethargy is not surprising. Are they tolerating the panacur treatment well?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
far. How long before they should start feeling better?

You should be seeing an improvement within the first few days of treatment, however their feces may not improve as quickly but should be back to normal by the end of the treatment. How long a course of panacur did your vet prescribe?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
7 days. So the lethargy and lack of appetite are normal with giardia? This is my main concern.

Yes, it can be. If they are fighting off an infection of this nature and have gastro-intestinal signs such as diarrhea, they can be quite down sometimes. Encouraging water intake along with a light diet such as chicken and rice can help.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Ok. Thank you

You are very welcome. Hopefully Presley and Tucker are feeling much better very soon!

I hope you have found this advice helpful. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

It would be very much appreciated if you could click the stars to rate my answer, as this is the only way I am compensated for my time and expertise helping here.

Many Thanks and I hope you have a great day.

Richard.

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