Giardiasis in Cats: Symptoms and Treatment 

Cats are known for their fastidious grooming habits, but even the most diligent feline can fall victim to various health issues. One such concern is giardiasis, a gastrointestinal parasitic infection caused by Giardia. In this blog, we’ll delve into what giardiasis is, its symptoms, and how Piscataqua Animal Hospital can help diagnose and treat your beloved feline friend.

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Understanding Giardiasis in Cats

Giardia is a single-celled parasite that can affect both cats and humans. Giardiasis is the term used to describe the disease that occurs when these parasites take up residence in the small intestine of your cat. Cats become infected by ingesting Giardia cysts from contaminated water, food, or through contact with infected animals or environments.

Common Symptoms of Giardiasis in Cats

  • Diarrhea: One of the most noticeable signs of giardiasis is chronic or intermittent diarrhea. The stool may be soft, greasy, and contain mucus or blood.
  • Vomiting: Cats with giardiasis may also experience vomiting, which can contribute to dehydration and weight loss.
  • Weight Loss: Due to gastrointestinal distress, cats infected with Giardia may lose weight over time.
  • Lethargy: Your cat may become less active and seem uninterested in their usual play and exploration.
  • Abdominal Discomfort: Cats with giardiasis may show signs of discomfort such as abdominal pain, bloating, or hunching.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect that your cat might have giardiasis, it’s crucial to seek veterinary care promptly. At Piscataqua Animal Hospital, our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating this condition. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Diagnostic Tests: Our veterinarians will perform various diagnostic tests, including fecal examinations, to confirm the presence of Giardia cysts in your cat’s stool.
  • Treatment: If your cat is diagnosed with giardiasis, our veterinarians will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. This typically involves a course of medication to eliminate the parasites. It’s essential to follow the treatment regimen precisely as prescribed to ensure successful eradication.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Managing dehydration and maintaining proper nutrition is essential for cats with giardiasis. Your veterinarian may provide guidance on dietary changes to help your cat recover.

Preventing Giardiasis

Prevention is always better than cure. To reduce the risk of giardiasis in your cat, follow these guidelines:

  • Clean Drinking Water: Ensure your cat has access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water.
  • Good Hygiene: Practice good hygiene when handling your cat’s litter box, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
  • Environmental Cleanliness: Regularly clean and disinfect your cat’s living environment, including food and water dishes.
  • Isolate Infected Cats: If one of your cats is diagnosed with giardiasis, consider isolating them to prevent the spread to other pets.

Don’t wait, reach out to us today!

Giardiasis can be a distressing condition for your beloved feline companion, but with prompt diagnosis and treatment from the professionals at Piscataqua Animal Hospital, your cat can make a full recovery. If you suspect that your cat is suffering from giardiasis or any other health concern, be sure to contact a veterinary professional as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health, our experienced veterinary team is here to provide the best care for your feline friend. 

To schedule an appointment for your cat’s health evaluation, visit our website at Piscataqua Animal Hospital or call us at (207) 439-2661.