September 2016 Issue

Cats Likely Candidates for Giardia

Giardia survives in moist environments and can easily pass from one cat to another.

Every time your cat nuzzles up to a neighbor’s cat or scratches in wet soil where another cat has relieved himself, he runs the risk that he will pick up an uninvited guest: the parasite called giardia. It survives throughout the country in any place that’s wet or damp, and thrives inside its hosts. “Infection rates will vary depending on geographic location but one study has shown the rates to be about 10 percent in cats,” says Brian Collins, DVM, Section Chief of the Community Practice Service at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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