First time poster on this board. We adopted Lucky in mid-June when he was 3 months old. We brought him to his first appointment a week after bringing him home & he tested positive for giardia. I just got the phone call that he's still positive after his 3rd round of medication.
We've given him his medicine as prescribed and I regularly clean our house - the only thing we haven't done that the vet said is bleach everywhere that he's gone to the bathroom. Lucky is pad trained (reusable pads that I run through the sanitize cycle in our washer) and we don't crate him, so he still has accidents in the house. I clean them, obviously - but I guess regular cleaning isn't good enough. I don't want to ruin our new carpet by bleaching it - will having it professionally cleaned/steamed be just as good? I already looked up prices in our area & they seem reasonable. We're throwing away the 2 area rugs he had accidents on (we planned on replacing them soon anyway) and the mattress he plays on in our spare bedroom, just to be safe. Is there anything else we should be doing?
Sorry if this is all over the place - but the vet was definitely less than helpful on the phone & not making me feel any better. He kept saying "ok, well bleach it" even after I told him I can't just dump bleach on our new carpets - we can't be the first couple to have carpeting and a puppy with giardia. Then he says this is going to cause serious problems in the future if we don't treat it, as if we haven't been doing anything to help the situation.
Lucky hasn't shown any signs of being sick and he doesn't seem to be uncomfortable at all, that's the only thing that's keeping me from getting too upset. Although I may have snapped at the vet that maybe it's time to try a new medicine.
Any help at all is appreciated.