Parasites in Puppies From Standing Water

by Carlye Jones
    Standing water can harbor parasites that will make your puppy sick.

    Standing water can harbor parasites that will make your puppy sick.

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    Your puppy isn't picky about where or what he drinks, and that can be a problem. Just because he's lapping up water doesn't mean the water is safe. Standing water can contain dangerous bacteria, as well as parasites that could make their home in your puppy's intestinal tract.

    Water-Borne Parasites

    Giardia and coccidia are the two parasites most commonly transmitted to puppies that drink or play in standing water, but Cryptosporidia is also a danger. Such parasites are spread when infected feces releases protozoa in the water and a puppy then drinks the water. Giardia is frequently spread by infected birds as they defecate in standing water and then another animal comes along and consumes it.. Diarrhea and weight loss are the most common symptoms of water-borne parasites, but in severe cases your puppy may also become dehydrated and lethargic.

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    About the Author

    Carlye Jones is a journalist, writer, photographer, novelist and artisan jeweler with more than 20 years of experience. She enjoys sharing her expertise on home improvements, photography, crafting, business and travel. Her work has appeared both in print and on numerous websites.