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So I took one of my dogs to the vet the other day to find out he has giardia. Now that he's on anti-biotics I'm told I need to clean my yard. I'm also told that bleach is the best way to do this as it'll kill anything. I need to know how much bleach I need to successfully kill any parasites, but not kill my grass at the same time. I have a one gallon sprayer. Is a cup of bleach per gallon too strong or not strong enough? What's everyone else's experience with this?
 

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1:32 ratio.
 

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1/2 cup of bleach to a gallon of water. This will take care of the giardia however I can't guarantee that it will not kill your grass.
 

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Well, I'll hold you personally responsible either way. :)

Question 2 though - should I clean now or after his course of Anti-biotics?
 

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What is Giardia?
It's a parasite that causes diarrhea. I don't know for sure that he has it, but I suspect it. I took him to the vet because he was having uncontrollable diarrhea. She said that since I had him only 2 weeks that it was either stress or giardia. She gave me an anti-biotic for both. I'm kind of going into overkill now as I know a dog I was fostering did have giardia. I don't know whether he got it here or after he left here though.
 

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That is caused by standing water that contained animal feces not the grass, the dog must have drank water out side that was infected.Look for puddles on your property. Even your house gutters can cause a temp (and a mouse could have pooped there), puddle some where, may be gone by now! I would not treat your whole lawn.
 

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We have dealt with Giardia and I did not clean my yard with bleach or anything like that...just did an extra thorough poop pick up for a week or two.
 

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That is caused by standing water that contained animal feces not the grass, the dog must have drank water out side that was infected.Look for puddles on your property. Even your house gutters can cause a temp (and a mouse could have pooped there), puddle some where, may be gone by now! I would not treat your whole lawn.
I don't know where I would've had standing water on my property. I did spill some water on the ground a few days before all of this that he drank. I'm told it's also spread by smelling or ingesting infected dogs feces or walking through infected feces and then licking their paws. I do my dog likes to sniff poo as much as any other dog. Could've got infected on a walk maybe?

Giardia might also be in your dog's water, depending on where it comes from...
Their water comes from my tap. I've got one of those water bowls you put a 2 liter bottle in.
 

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So the point is your dog may not have gotten the giardia on your property, treating your whole lawn if it makes you feel better go for it. But I am assuming you had your dog for more then six months if so, and your dog was not having this problem every other month, then logic tells me he or she did not get it on your property and if so its long gone by now.
 

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i'd treat his most recent spots where he poops/ed

if he actually does have giardia, treating his recent spots will help kill it, so he doesn't get reinfected later on. no need to treat the entire lawn, just the places where he eliminated. it's a parasite, not a traveling circus.

it may take more than 1 application of the anitbiotics, biz took 2 to get rid of it.
 

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I've had the dog for about 2 weeks now. Like I said a foster I had a few weeks before I got him had giardia but I didn't find out about that until about 2 weeks after the foster left so he could've picked it up somewhere else. It's possible the guy doesn't have giardia at all and was just suffering from stress related diarrhea. I'm basically a stressed out new owner who's probably over reacting.
 
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