what to feed a dog with giardia

What to feed a dog with Giardia?

Giardia is a nasty illness that one of my spaniels suffered from last year. This horrible illness is caused by a parasite that attacks the intestines and causes smelly and watery diarrhea and makes your dog very unwell.

The best food to feed to a dog with giardia will be something that is easy to digest and is bland with no flavourings. Our vet recommended mashed potato mixed in with canned tuna fish. When mashed together this forms a meal which is bland but which also contains nutrition while being attractive to dogs.


You should always get the professional advice of your vet if you have any concerns about treatment or the health of your dog, they will be able to offer qualified advice for your pet.

In the case of Giardia you should always get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. He will need medicines to help him to defeat the illness and recover.

From my experience of dealing with giardia in my dog, it is better to feed very small meals, several times a day, up to four times.

This allows your dog to get nutrition to help him to recover but this is delivered in small quantities which minimise the level of disruption to an already poorly pooch.

what to feed a dog with giardia

What else should I do if I think my dog has giardia?

You should take him to the vet’s who can prescribe him with medicines that can help to alleviate the symptoms and the discomfort of diarrhea and which will, at the same time, deal with the nasty parasite that causes the illness.

You should also make sure that your dog has access to his own supply of clean water, which you should replace regularly. It is important that you keep his dishes away from other dogs to prevent the risk of infection passing to them.

Keep your dog quiet, take him out frequently, on his own, as he will need to use the toilet, and make sure that you clean up any stools or diarrhea to prevent other dogs from potentially catching the illness.

Other food options for dogs with giardia

Many people have used a variety of foods to deal with giardia in their dogs, however, I have not used any of these, preferring to take the professional vet advice for my dogs.

This is not to say that these remedies and foods have worked for people, but I’m not making any recommendations, this is for information only.

  • Probiotics – the positive effects of probiotics for improving gut health is widely known and many dog owners have used these when feeding their dogs that have giardia
  • High fibre food – such as carrots,, swedes and others – cooked to make them easier to eat and digest
  • Seedspumpkin seeds added to bland and softer meals
  • Clovesa US study found that the oil in cloves can assist in giardia treatment
  • Garlic – although not normally suited to dogs, small quantities of garlic can help to deal with parasites 
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Conclusion - What to feed a dog with giardia

My vet told me to use a bland food made from mashed potato and tinned tuna fish and I took his advice.

You should always base your decisions on professional advice from your veterninary surgeon. 

Man people report that probiotics, high fibre foods and others have supported their dog’s recovery and these may be options that your vet could recommend.

Easyspanieltraining.com does not provide veterinary advice. Our aim is to provide the reader with information to enable them to make a good decision when making a purchase or caring for their dog. All content is therefore for informational purposes only. If you’re concerned about the health of your pet you should seek medical advice from a vet.

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