Giardia in a nutshell - per my research.
Giardia is a parasite that is common in both humans and animals. There arent always "symptoms" present. You or your animal can be a carrier and not know it. Yes - we can get giardia, too.
Some of the symptoms to look for are:
**diarrhea - sometimes very foul smelling and/or orangey or brown in
**decreased appetite and weight loss
**pain - which means the glider could self-mutilate it's cloacal area.
(giradia should be the first thing to check for it a glider is SMing
**Please note that not all gliders will have all of the above symptoms.
Some ways of getting giardia is thru our water systems. This parasite has a protective shell it can close, which enables it to survive pretty much anything. They can also come on our fresh fruits and vegetables. Or touching anything an infected person or animal has been - "poop to mouth" contact.
Giardia can lie dormant as cysts for a very long time as long as they are kept moist - even in cold or heat. If the glider has giardia cysts - stress releases a chemical reaction that can bring giardia out of dormancy. Giardia gets it nutrients from attaching itself to the walls of the small intestine.
While using flagyl - dont be surprised if your gliders go off their food shortly after starting the medication. This shouldnt last more than 24 hours. Just make certain they are drinking by offering them pedialyte thru a syringe. You might want to call your vet to see what other possible side effects could happen. One other that Im aware of it not to take them out into the sunlight while on flagyl.
Clean cages daily with water and a 10% bleach solution - removing and washing all toys. It is easier if most items are removed from the cage until the glider is deemed parasite free. Wash all pouches and bedding daily with a small amount of bleach. Give only bottled water.
Wash your hands immediately after touching anything the glider has come in contact with. It is best to also change your clothes right after the daily cleaning.
Ok - Im sure Ive missed something - but this is a start.