Finally a weekend spent away from the animal hospital!!!
Last weekend we were back at Ocean State Animal Hospital with Oscar; this time not due to his epilepsy but the parasite giardia. Oscar had tested positive for the parasite and gone through a week on pancur and was presenting no symptoms so we thought we had won that fight. Sadly we were wrong. Last Saturday the poor thing was admitted to the hospital for the second weekend in a row. This time Oscar was having terrible diarrhea frequent and bloody. It was terrible to see him so lethargic and in so much discomfort. At first we were afraid that he was having a reaction due to the potassium bromide he is taking for his seizures but after some tests they assured us that was not the case. After lots of fluids and rest another 5 days on pancur and also 5 days worth of metronidazole Oscar is back to his corgi ways. He is also adjusted extremely well to the bromide and is not nearly as sleepy as he was when he first started taking it. Today is the last day on his medication for the giadia so hopefully the parasite has been taken care of and his symptoms will not return. I am keeping my fingers crossed and my bleach bottle still in hand just in case.
I'm sad to say that I think he must have gotten the parasite at the dog park, it would be the only place he could really have been exposed to contaminated water or feces or dogs bums. He loves the park but I am scared to ever take him back there now.
I have read about a giardia vaccine and wonder if anyone else has had experience with this parasite and knows the pros and cons of the vaccine?