Giardia in the grass! HELP!

    • Puppy

    Giardia in the grass! HELP!

    How do I get rid of Giardia in the environment, specifically the grass? Our 8 month old shepherd has had it for the last few months and the vet has given him medication for it twice but I think he keeps re-infecting himself when he goes outside. We have been picking up his stool and spraying the spot with a mixture of water and bleach but it's not working. He tested positive for Giardia again yesterday and now our 6 year old border collie is showing symptoms. How do we get it out of the grass? Any suggestions on how to get rid of this awful Giardia it has been hell the last few months.

    • Puppy


    Remove fecal matter from the yard as soon as possible after it is deposited so the organisms don't have time to move into the soil. Wash your hands thoroughly after removing the matter and disinfect scoopers or shovels with chlorine bleach after use.


    Disinfect hardscape areas like patios and sidewalks with a solution of 1part chlorine bleach and 32 parts water. One minute of exposure to the chlorine bleach solution is enough to kill the giardia.


    Lay a soaker hose on the lawn during the hottest part of the summer.


    Lay clear plastic tarp over the lawn and the soaker hose, overlapping the ends if you use more than one sheet. Dig the outer edges of the tarp 6 inches into the soil to prevent them from blowing away in high winds.


    Leave the tarp in place for six weeks. Water under the tarp weekly with the soaker hose to keep the area moist and the temperatures high. Remove the tarp at the end of the six weeks and resume caring for your lawn as usual.