Blackwatch Feed Program for Giardia Problems in Dogs
INTRODUCTION: What Is Giardia?
Giardia, besides being one of the top health issues pet owners
face, is a water-borne protozoa that lives in the digestive track
of humans and pets. It is a parasite that lives in the lower bowels
and it runs in cycles, so it normally goes undetected unless
you get it at the cyst cycle when the test is being done. It also has to be a stool that is fresh/hot taken from the dog with a loop tool. You can not just pick up a stool from the yard and expect to find Giardia.
Generally, Flagyll, Metronidazole are used to treat
Giardia, but it just returns once these drugs are stopped. I have
found the best way to tackle this problem is to use Panacur wormer
for 7 days (based on the dogs weight) and repeat it again in 2 weeks. (updated info: 2/2/2011)
Flagyll and Metronidazole are only 40% effective any more and are usually a waste of time and money in Giardia situations.
IT IS IMPARATIVE THAT YOU USE A MULTIPLE STRAINED PROBIOTICS AT THE VERY SAME TIME AS YOU ARE WORMING YOUR DOG BECAUSE THE PANACUR STRIPS THE GUT OF EVERYTHING GOOD AND BAD - LEAVING YOUR PET'S DIGESTIVE TRACT BARREN OF BENEFICAL MICRO-ORGANISMS TO PROTECT THE MUCUS LINING OF THE GUT. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? BECAUSE 70% OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS IN THE GUT OF YOUR PETS (AND HUMANS).
Panacur like wormers or antibiotics, strips the gut of all good and bad bacteria as well, leaving the digestive track open to more digestive problems and health issues such as Leaky Gut, Toxic Gut and systemic yeast infections. That is why it is critical to use a good probiotic at the same time as treatment. Double dose your probitoics when on medicine or antibiotics, and once a day after that as maintenance.
First, take time to read my Article on Giardia to be better informed about this parasite. I will say this, once you have Giardia, it seems to rear it's ugly head on occasion, so keep that in mind and remember Probiotics, Blackleaf and MSM are critical to keeping a healthy Giardia free gut and these come in a kit format - Giardia Support Kit#23.
For maintanence after the Giardia Kit is finished, you can move the dog to CORE 4 Kit #40 to help prevent flairups of giardia and yeas
The Basics Program - All Breeds
This program is a comprehensive and consists
of 6 major components and this is it in summary form. You
can purchase these in a kit at a discount:
Where To Purchase Products
1. DOG FOOD - Precise and Precise Plus or Nutri Source/PureVita Holistic Dog Foods. Both companies now have Grain Free foods available.
These below come in the Giardia Kit or you can purchase separately. The kit provides a discount.
2. BACPAK PLUS & DIGESTIVE ENZYMES - beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes. www.firstchoicenaturals.com
3. MSM- Nutritional Sulfur - Patent research shows Giardia protozoa does not like to live in the presence of a system that has adequate amounts of MSM present. www.firstchoicenaturals.com
- dietary enzymes - in chewable
Pet Treat or Granular (goes further)
5. BLACKLEAF- antibacterial, antiviral, antifungus, AND kills parasites - www.firstchoicenaturals.com
6. Spark of Life - critcal microminerals necessary for wellness are lost when your pet has chronic loose stools. Microminerals run the bodies metabolic system. www.firstchoicenaturals.com
7. Ox-EDrops - an anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. Helps to keep the pH balance in the gut within the normal rage. www.firstchoicenaturals.com.
OPTIONAL: VARIETY ADD - fruits & veggies & Precise or a holistic canned meats For a safe, balanced raw option use Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw - info below.
Joint Support Supplement: Liquid Health Level 5000 is what I recommend and use.
For Variety - Meats - Fruits - Vegetable
top dress with one of the HONEST
KITCHEN - an organic dehydrated raw meat /fruit/veggie mixes.
I use about 10-15% of this in combination with my kibble.
Kitchen dehydrated raw dog food is what I use to provide a
raw component to my dogs kibble. It is balanced
in calcium and phosphorus ratios which are very important
in growing and elderly dogs!
IF you want to do your own fruits and veggies here are some suggestions
&VEGETABLE: This is a
list of recommended foods to use in moderation:
Linda's Very Veggie Soup - 2 large cans of chicken or beef broth - (low sodium for heart or elderly dogs- or homemade). Add LOTS of veggies - carrots, green beans, wax beans, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and couple cloves of garlic. The idea is to use this as the filler so you want it to be hearty and filling.
Don't forget to worm with Panacur again in 10 days, see info above.
You can continue to keep them on these supplements during the second
worming and thereafter until they run out. Then you can move them over to one of the CORE 4 Kits which are life long programs for wellness.
WATER ON KIBBLE - 1/4 - 1/2 cup water + 3-4 tablespoons canned meat. You want the food moist but not floating and sloppy (this is for large/giant breeds, reduce amount for smaller breeds accordingly).
Do not microwave, soak or use hot or very warm water on your kibble. It will destroy the integrity of the friendly yogurt type cultures and the fragile vitamins/minerals and amino acids on the food.
Water On Food:
Withholding water for fear of bloat is a myth. Stress is the cause and bloat/torsion is the response. It is much more complicated that simply saying water is the cause of bloat.
Read this article as a possible option : Seasonal Diarrhea.