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What is Coccidia?

Coccidia is a protozoa passed through the stool. An infected canine will eliminate the feces containing the organism into the environment, where it can survive for up to one year. Once the parasite is consumed by your dog, the oocysts (immature coccidia) found in the stool will make their way to the digestive tract, enter the intestinal lining cells, and reproduce. The cells then rupture, releasing the parasite. The coccidia can reproduce very rapidly, thus causing much damage to the intestine.

Coccidiosis is the disease caused by the one-celled organism, coccidia. The organism invades and damages the intestinal wall, causing diarrhea which can become life threatening. Coccidiosis does not always show symptoms but will cause serious complications in puppies (because they have an underdeveloped immune system) and immunosuppressed dogs.

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Symptoms of Coccidia in Dogs

Coccidia can be present in the intestine of your pet and remain asymptomatic. However, once symptoms begin to become evident, your canine family member can become very ill. Take your dog to the clinic without delay if you see any of the following signs.

  • Watery, mucousy diarrhea
  • Explosive diarrhea that may eventually become bloody
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal discomfort and tenderness
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Little or no appetite

It should be noted that puppies and dogs with poor immune systems can eventually die if not treated for coccidiosis.

Types

The coccidia oocyst develops in 3 to 5 days within the intestine and is capable of passing infection. The communicable offspring multiply rapidly, releasing thousand of oocytes in the stool of an infected dog.

  • Isospora canis
  • Isospora neorivolta
  • Isospora ohioensis
  • Isospora burrowsi

Favorable conditions for the coccidia oocyst are moisture, oxygen and proper temperature.

Causes of Coccidia in Dogs

Though some dogs may not show any ill signs from the coccidiosis, oocysts are still being shed in the feces, which will continue the infectious cycle when passed to canine buddies.

  • Dogs can ingest the coccidia from contaminated soil, and from hunting and eating infected rodents
  • Fecal matter, or food and water that may have been contaminated by fecal matter, will also pass on the oocysts
  • Coccidia is very resistant in the environment, even in freezing conditions
  • Coccidiosis becomes very prevalent in conditions of overcrowding, poor sanitation, and poor nutrition
  • Coccidiosis can be a common occurrence in puppy mills, shelters, and very busy breeding kennels
  • Puppies who are stressed, for example after weaning or leaving the mother, may develop symptoms

Diagnosis of Coccidia in Dogs

The veterinarian will base the diagnosis on the clinical signs seen when your dog arrives at the clinic, as well as information provided by you. The veterinary team may ask the following questions.

  • What signs have you seen that indicate that your pet is ill?
  • How is his appetite?
  • How long has your dog had diarrhea?
  • Is diarrhea becoming worse?
  • Is there blood present in the stool?
  • Is your dog vomiting?
  • Can you describe his general demeanor of late?

After the physical examination, the veterinarian will test the stool of your pet. Results must be obtained from a sample that is less than 24 hours old, and the freshest sample you can provide is always the best.

A fecal flotation test will be done, whereby the fecal matter is mixed with a solution that causes immature parasites to float to the top. The organisms are then placed on a glass slide and examined under the microscope. The most common form of coccidia organism (Isospora canis) will be easily seen with this diagnostic procedure. The less common types might be seen on a blood test if they are unable to be identified under the microscope.

Puppies and older immunosuppressed dogs may be tested for anemia as this can be a common secondary condition to coccidiosis.

Treatment of Coccidia in Dogs

It should be noted that if you have a multi-dog family, all canine members should be treated, whether symptomatic or not, to prevent further cases of coccidia or recurrence.

If your pet is very ill when he arrives at the clinic, he may need to be admitted in order to stabilize his condition before treatment, particularly if he is dehydrated or the diarrhea is severe.

If your pet is experiencing a milder case of coccidiosis, he can be treated at home, and will be given medication to kill the parasite. Oral medication is known to be very effective. Antibiotics may be prescribed as well. If necessary, antidiarrheal drugs will be given to aid in your furry family member’s recovery.

The veterinarian will ask you to schedule an appointment for two weeks later, in order to retest for the presence of parasites.

Recovery of Coccidia in Dogs

Complete the full prescription given to your pet, even if he appears to be feeling better. Never stop medication early, unless there are side effects that are worrying you, in which case you will need to contact your veterinary team. A change of medication could be required.

Be certain to return to the clinic for retesting of the stool, to ensure that the coccidia has been eliminated.

At home, isolate your infected dog until you know he is clear of coccidiosis, to prevent transmission to other canine family members or friends. Clean up the feces in your yard thoroughly and promptly. Disinfect all crates, water bowls, feeding dishes, floors and bedding. It is a good idea to repeat the cleaning process several times while your pet is recovering from the coccidia.

Coccidia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lizzie
Labahoula
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty
Tired

I just adopted a puppy from a rescue shelter and she is about 4 and a half months old. The third day I had her there were worms falling out of her behind.. sure enough I took her in and she has coccidia. I'm on the third day of her medication and she's doing well. I live at home with my parents and have a family dog also at the house.. should I go ahead and take her in to the doctor as well just incase my puppy has given it to her? Even though my puppy hasn't been around her even a week. Also, is this contagious to humans?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different types of Coccidia, but the most common types don’t have any effects on humans; however can be transmittable to other dogs. You should keep them separate and ensure that you are cleaning up all faeces immediately after defecation and washing your hands when moving between dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddie Jo
German Shorthaired Pointer
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Parasite
Weight Loss
Vomiting

My dog was diagnosed with and treated for coccidia with Albon and also Strongid. She has been on different anti nausea medication and cannot keep anything down without it. She is otherwise full of energy and acting her normal self. Just keeps throwing up. All lab work came back normal except for high EOS. Are we missing something and can she be given something else for her throwing up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The anti nausea medication isn’t going to solve the vomiting, it just suppresses it; it is important to determine what the underlying cause of the vomiting is as it may not be directly related to the Coccidia. Continue with the treatment of Coccidia and when treatment has ended, have a faecal test to confirm it has been treated; if Maddie Jo is still vomiting you should visit your Veterinarian again for a more thorough examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Briggs
Golden Retriever
6 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I am supposed to pick up my puppy from a breeder next week, but on the litters first pet visit the vet diagnosed them with coccidia. They have been placed on medication and are scheduled for another stool sample before I go pick him up. Should I be really concerned? How will I know if he is going to be alright? Should I be asking specific questions? The breeder seems to think it's not that big of a deal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia is not an uncommon finding in puppies and can usually be treated within a few weeks with treatment and good hygiene practices; you should be safe once the second faecal sample has come back negative. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Shepherd mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements
Coughing

My dog has been experiencing some strange symptoms lately that I'm not sure how they all fit together. Her poop has been a little loose and has these tiny little yellow balls in it; I wasn't sure if that was just her food breaking down or what. Then, she has been coughing up this weird mucus. She coughs it up, like she has a hair ball, and this clear, foamy mucus comes out. It is usually only when we walk outside so I wasn't sure if she was just inhaling too much pollen and it was getting caught in her throat. Do any of these have to do with coccidia? Just trying to narrow down what it may be.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for what might be going on with her, whether it is a respiratory problem or a GI problem. Parasites are just one reason that may be happening. It would be best to have Maggie examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her, determine what might be going on, and recommend any testing or treatment that might be necessary. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Luna
Siberian Husky
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Luna has had diarrhea for the past 5 weeks. It has gotten more watery, frequent and urgent. At times it is bloody and has been mucusy. She also vomited a few times over the course of the 5 weeks. I can’t see anything in the vomit or poop. She had giardia twice in the past 5 months (no vomiting but similar diarrhea) but her fecal culture and float came back negative. We treated her with both panacur and metrondiazole anyway, but it didn’t help. All blood tests were within normal ranges as well, and X-ray was consistent with diarrhea. Many other dogs within the apartment complex got sick with the same exact symptoms around the same time, but all (that I have spoken to at least) got better within a week. Luna has been on chicken and rice for 3 weeks now, and VSL #3 (probiotic) for 1.5 weeks. There has been no improvement, she actually has gotten a bit worse. Prior to this, she had no dietary changes. She still eats and drinks. She pants more than usual (possibly stomach pain) and has a lot more energy (possibly because I’m not taking her to dog daycare anymore). I understand that giardia, worms and Coccidia can be difficult to diagnose. Since we’ve already treated with panacur and metronidazole, I don’t think it’s giardia or worms. Could it be coccidia, or is there something else I should test for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a difficult one and since the faecal tests came back clear, it is unlikely to be Coccidia either; however treating or Coccidia at this point wouldn’t do any harm, but I recommend discussing with your Veterinarian. Other causes of chronic diarrhoea may be an antibiotic resistance infection, stress, dietary issues, environmental irritants (like cleaning products) among other causes. I cannot think of anything to suggest at this point, a visit to an Internal Medicine Specialist may be a good idea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Labrador Retriever
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Medication Used

Albon, Metronida

We bought a puppy last week, Sunday 04/15/18. By Wed. she had diarrhea and then throwing up Thursday morning. Initially the vet prescribed Metronidazole, but when the fecal test came back positive for Coccidia, then prescribed Albon. The Vet tech helped me when I picked up the 2nd prescription, and I spefically asked if I should continue with the first antibiotic and was told yes. Although if has only been a few days, my puppy does not want to eat or drink. Should I continue with both antibiotics? BTW, she no longer has diarrhea.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should continue with both treatments since they are needed to be administered for a few weeks as per your Veterinarian’s instructions; you should try to encourage Cali to stay hydrated even if you need to syringe water into the mouth. If there is no improvement in appetite or thirst you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Very helpful Dr Turner. Thank you!

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Fancy, Groucho & Trixie
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea

Medication Used

Albon

Over the past 20 years I have had three dogs...each spring they all would get diarrhea with blood. Never before were they diagnosed with coccidia. Just a couple days ago my cat was diagnosed with coccidia. I have two cats & a dog now. All are being treated with albon. The two cats recently got the diarrhea as well. How do I treat the yard with all the squirrels and chipmunks lerking about. They could be the carriers of coccidia.
Tired of being the Princess of Poop!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia and wild squirrels sort of go hand in hand and they are all asymptomatic! When you have a lawn in your garden it is practically impossible to control squirrels or any other animal defecating there. If you have a concrete yard, it could be disinfected easily but it is never that simple. Picking up faeces daily from the garden is a key step but I don’t have any sure fire solution for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesal
pitbull
7-8 weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

Medication Used

Albon

Recently brought my 7-8 week old puppy to the vet, he was diagnosed with coccidia.. he is being treated with Albon.. its been 3 days & still not getting any better. could this not be what he has ? His stomach is HUGE & hard. he constantly drinks. he does not have diarrhea & he is not vomiting. he is eating normal & drinks 24/7. his breathing is heavy, his heartbeat is fast, & the underneath of his stomach is very warm. His stomach sticks out a good 2-3 inches on each side. Ive had plenty of dogs & i have NEVER seen any this big. even our vet said he shouldnt be that big. very concerned. please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Three days of treatment with Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is nothing and is still early days, treatment may last for three weeks and may still need to be repeated if not successful; also you should be cleaning all surfaces with bleach regularly to help control this parasite. After three days of treatment I wouldn’t expect any difference in symptoms, it may take a week or longer to see improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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forge
French Bulldog
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Albon

my pups have coccidia if all the pups and mom are on med for coccidia can they be around each or should i go buy 9 crates? sluggish all 8 pups help they are good during the day the in afternoon their down some of the pups are eating one day the next not eating

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If they are all on treatment for Coccidia, you don't need to separate them. You do need to be hyper-vigilant on cleaning, though, and make sure that they're bedding is washed and changed frequently, food and water bowls are very clean, and that they aren't re-contaminating themselves from the environment.

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Willow
Dachshund
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool

Hi we got a new puppy 4 days ago-and they discovered ciccidosis in her stool yesterday at exam. She is on Albon for 10 days. She is fine otherwise eating/drinking normally, just a bit if softer than normal stool, no blood etc. My question is, how LONG AFTER exposure would she show this in a fecal??? I am suspecting longer than the 4 days we have had her, how long does it take to "set up" in her digestive track?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Coccidia can live for quite some time in the intestine before causing problems, and is often present in normal healthy dogs. It would not be possible to say when she got the infection, but it would definitely be longer than 4 days. If you have had her for 4 days, she came to you with the parasite.

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max
German Shepherd
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mild diarehha

how do you disinfect the yard from coccidia ? should i use bleach ? is there something over the counter to buy to disinfect? he hasn't been diagnosed with anything but experiencing diarrhea after using a wormer , but has had a mild case of diarrhea since i brought him home a month ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anthelmintics (worming tablets) are not effective against Coccidia, in dogs sulfadimethoxine (Albon) for three weeks is commonly used to treat against Coccidia; disinfection with bleach (one cup in a gallon of water) is best and steam cleaning can help with furniture etc… You should take a faecal sample to your Veterinarian for analysis to identify whether there are parasites present or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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puppy
Chihuahua
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

mucus
Blood In Stool

I recently brought a puppy home from a breeder. when i picked her up she was not in good condition but the breeder said she had just driven in a car and was car sick. That night she threw up several times. The day after she threw up i noticed blood and mucus in her stool. I took her to the vet and she tested positive for coccidia. The dr put her on ponazuril (2 doses). after her treatment i found that she is still pooping mucus and blood. She is eating fine, drinking fine and has plenty of energy. Is it strange the ponazuril didnt work? should i be concerned? the dr is putting her on another medication- Albon for 10 days.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are prone to parasites, infectious disease, and intestinal infections. If your veterinarian has prescribed a medication for her, it seems best to give the medication a chance to work. it may be a good idea to re-test her fecal sample for coccidia, or any other parasites, given her history. I hope that she recovers quickly.

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Biscuit
Malti-Poo
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool, letharga
Bloody

I purchased a puppy on January 28/18 and it looked fine at the pet store. The day after I brought it home it got sick, very sick. The vet said it was coccidia. It has been hospitalized now for 10 days. Luckily the medical expenses so far have been covered by the warranty, but the warranty is only for 14 days. We are already attached to the little guy. I have three days to decide if we should keep him or return him to the shop and get another puppy later.I cannot afford constant vet bills for a sick puppy long term. Help me make this decision. Is there still chance of recovery? Are there long term effects from this? Does this mean he has compromised immunity. Help I don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Check the details of the warranty as cover may continue after the 14 day period since the condition occurred during the first 14 days, some policies may cover ongoing treatment but no new conditions. Sulfadimethoxine is the normal treatment and treatment may last for two to three weeks; I cannot make the decision for you, but once Biscuit is past this he should be a much healthier pup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/coccidiosis/coccidiosis-of-cats-and-dogs

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Riley
Irish Terrier
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Diarrhea
Lethargy
lack of appetite
Lack Of Coordination

Medication Used

Baycox

My dog began showing symptoms of yellow diarrhea progressing to brown watery diarrhea over 10 days ago. He was prescribed a 5 day treatment of Baycox. I administered the second dose this am but he still shivers after drinking (for 30 min), has no appetite and refuses food, is very weak and disoriented. He’s is normally quite fit for his age with no serious medical conditions. Any advice on how long before conditions improve, or support suggestions to support comfort and recovery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two days is still early in treatment and a further course of treatment may be required with a different medication sulfadimethoxine (or others) if the Baycox (toltrazuril) isn’t effective; it is important to ensure that Riley is at least kept hydrated during treatment and try to reintroduce food slowly over time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
pitbull
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Diesel, my pitbull puppy, who is about 3 months old is UTD with all his shots and has been dewormed by vet.. He was also born with coccidia, passed down from his mother, he was treated and cured with necessary meds. He was cleared 1 month and 2 weeks ago. Although our vet told us it is very common for pitbull puppies to have pot bellies, i was just curious to how long that lasted. Around what age should his belly stop being so round after eating?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is common for puppies in general to be 'round' until they start to grow a little bit. He should start to have a body shape soon, if he is 3 months old. Without seeing him, I can't comment on whether his little belly is normal, but if you are concerned, please have your veterinarian look at him to make sure. I hope that he does well.

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Rio
Siberian Husky
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting

Medication Used

Albon
Flagyl

I got a Siberian Husky that is now 3 months old. I had him for a month now. First week at home he started to get really sick (watery diarrhea, severe vomiting, lost of appetite and lethargy) we took him to a vet before it got really bad and they just sent him home after giving him something for vomiting. Next morning, he almost died! The previous vet was not available so I took him to another vet hospital which he spent the night getting IV. Even though the vet was suspicious of him having parvo, the blood test and other exams came clean but it indicated that he has Giardia. I spent the last 15 days treating him with Flagyl. He was doing way better and his stool was hard so I gave the vet another sample of his stool hoping he would clear it but not only he still has Giardia, he now also has Coccidia. I am giving him another round of Flagyl and started giving him Albon. Now, after starting the medication again he is terrible. He has terrible diarrhea, vomiting, he is lethargic, and not eating. It is possible that this symptoms are side effects of the medicines? I don’t know if I should take him to another vet. I just need to know if I am on the right path. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Parasites like Giardia and Coccidia can be difficult to treat and may result in multiple relapses during treatment, sulfadimethoxine (Albon) is the treatment of choice for Coccidia and metronidazole (Flagyl) is used for Giardia but personally I prefer to use fenbendazole (Panacur) for Giardia. It isn’t surprising that the diarrhoea is back, but treatment along with immediately cleaning up after Rio as well as cleaning his anus after defecating is important to assist in treatment of these parasites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yea, I have been doing that. He is pretty good pooping on the disposable pad and when he misses I clean the hardwood floor with lysol and bleach right away. And I clean his anus with wet wipes every time. There is any better cleaning methods that I should do? I asked my vet about panacur but he just said no and that flagyl is what they always prescribe for Giardia. Thank you again!

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Riley
German Shepherd
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaves
Not drinking or eating

Medication Used

Sulfadimethoxine

Riley was diagnosed with coccidia three days ago. Her stool is soft, but not really soft. My concern is that her symptoms began after giving her the antibiotics. Lethargic, short fast breathing, dry heaves. Now she won't eat or drink. The warranty makes me go to vdc or whatever and they are only concerned with the holiday. I'm not sure if the symptoms are from the infection or an adverse reaction to the medication. She has an appointment the second, I hope she makes it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I can't examine her, so can't diagnose her with anything, but I am concerned that she may have something other than Coccidia, and unrelated. The deworming medication should not cause those signs, but Parvovirus will cause those signs, as will a foreign body or an intussusception. It would be best not to wait until Tuesday, but to get her into an emergency clinic as soon as possible. I hope that she is okay.

Thank you for responding! Turns out, she also came from the pet shop with pneumonia. She will be on
O2 and an iv for a couple days.

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Izzy
Maltese
13 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Mucus in stool
Blood In Stool

I brought my puppy home last Wednesday the 20th. I took her to the vet that day and she was diagnosed with coccidia. The vet gave my puppy immune boosters to put in her dog food, a prescribed probiotic and we are to give her 1 oz of goats milk every day. The first few days she was with us her poop was not formed just a pile of very loose stool and it was a horrible smell. Then I would notice she had liquid coming out of her bowels, some blood. As of two days ago ,December 24th, she has pooped solid, no diarrhea and no blood. The poop is also considerably less smelly. Is this a sign that my puppy is recovering and the coccidia is going away? I will be taking her back January 2nd to be tested again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. That all sounds quite positive, and it seems that the coccidia infection may be clearing up! If she continues to improve, she should be fine waiting until her recheck appointment on January 2nd. If you notice that her stools are getting loose again, or she stops eating or starts vomiting, it would be best to have a recheck sooner than that. I hope that she continues to do well!

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Mo
Sheltie
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

What would be the minimum time frame between exposure and a positive test? Coccidia found on routine fecal 8 days after getting my puppy. Wondering if he was infected after I got him or whether the breeder's vet missed diagnosing. If it's likely that he had it when I picked him up, I'd like to notify his breeder so, they can be proactive with the rest of the pups.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us today about Mo. The pre-patent period, or time from ingestion to passing in the feces, of most coccidia species is 14 days. The parasite isn't always present in a fecal sample, so the previous veterinarian may not have seen it even if he did have it - many times, if we feel strongly that a parasite is there, we have to test multiple stool samples to make sure we find it. He probably did have the parasite 8 days ago, but may not have been showing any signs.

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Max
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
13 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

Albon

I have a 13 week old greater Swiss mountain dog. He got Coccidia somehow around 9 weeks. I didn't know until his stool sample came back. He's been on albon for 1 week and his poop is still soft almost diarrhea like, sometimes its semi hard. How long does it usually take until the poop hardens? He's eating, drinking and playing normal and is already 36 pounds which is slightly bigger than normal for his age.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is the treatment of choice for coccidia, however it can be a difficult parasite to get rid of and along with treatment there should also be daily cleaning of the environment to reduce the risk of reinfection. Sometimes treatment needs to be given for three weeks and may need to be repeated in severe cases; I would recommend finishing the course of treatment prescribed and then having another faecal test done to check for coccidia before deciding further treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/coccidiosis/coccidiosis-of-cats-and-dogs

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Deuce
Rottweiler
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi, we have a 5 month old Rottweiler who has had bouts with diarrhea caused by cocsidia. We have been dealing with this for 3 months. We have taken Deuce to the vet on numerous occasions but can't seem to get rid of the problem. The doctor prescribed him with Albon but he had a bad reaction to the drug. What can we do? He continues to have runny stool with mucus and can't hold his poop and is pooping in his kennel.

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Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is the treatment of choice for coccidia along with strict regular cleaning hygiene to prevent reinfection; however other treatments are available but are not licensed for use in the United States including amprolium and ponazuril but I would highly recommend you discuss these with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/important-protozoal-diseases-and-how-control-them-proceedings

Yes, ponazuril is the newest most effective drug for coccidia. Albon was the treatment of choice. A new much more effective drug was launch more than 5 years ago by Bayer. It is called ponazuril and one shot is usually enough. If need be, it is repeated every two weeks until the coccidia clears up. No more 3 weeks of Albon. Why cant you doctors keep informed and updated about new therapies and drugs? I believe its part of your job description. Ponazuril is the way to go.

The vet prescribed him ponazuril which he has had one dose, we will continue to monitor but I don't see a change yet. His poop is still runny.

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Chloe
French Bulldog
3 months
Critical condition
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Weight Loss
Vomiting
Lethargy
Watery bloody diarrhea
Loss of Appetite

My 3 month old French bulldog was diagnosed with Coccidia, the vet prescribed her sulfadimethoxine. Yesterday was her last dosage, today we wake up at 3am to her puking, she puked over around 6 times in a few hours, didn’t eat all day, and had watery bloody diarrhea in her stool. We took her to the emergency animal hospital and she’s now been on IV for the past 4 hours, antibiotics and medication to settle her stomach. Is this common, is she going to survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of coccidia required treatment of the dog and effective cleaning of the environment which includes picking up faeces immediately after defecation. This level of diarrhoea and bleeding is uncommon after treatment, but may occur and needs to be stabilised which is being done. I cannot say whether or not she will survive as I haven’t examined her, but treatment is appropriate that she is receiving. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blu
Bluetick Coonhound
7 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

7 week old bluetick. Came home a week ago today. Her stool was fine first couple of days and now the past two days have been diarrhea. She is still playing, eating, drinking like normal. No signs of anything wrong but the diarrhea. There is no blood or mucus in the stool. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diarrhoea like this may be caused by stress, change of home, infection, change of food, parasites etc… It would be good to give Blu a wormer to kick any worms that may be present as pups can pick up worms from their mother. Taking a faecal sample to be checked by your Veterinarian may be valuable as well. Blu is at an age when you should be thinking about vaccinating so I would suggest a visit to your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jayde
Mixed
6 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Just adopted a dog. She was in a kennel with a dog who tested positive for coccidia and guardians. My dog had two fecal tests on 2/17 and 3/21 both negative results. They have her ponazuril on 2/16; 3/22. They had me give her another dose on 3/25; 3/27 and her last dosage on 3/29. She has had regular stools but had 3 stools of diarrhea once on 3/25 once on 3/26 and again on3/27. No other symptoms as she is running and playing with us and loves to sleep and cuddle. Should we be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two negative faecal tests are a good sign, the diarrhoea may be caused by numerous different causes including other infections (tummy bug), dietary changes, stress, excitement, foreign bodies etc... After conclusion of treatment, Jayde would require another faecal test to confirm that no protozoa are found. If the diarrhoea continues, you may need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

adopted a Labrador puppy 1 month back. She was bit unhealthy, and after testing doctor prescribed deworming medicines.. which when she had she started pooping white and watery for one day after that she was well and bit healthy, plays and cuddles with us last week she had 5 in one vaccination done and after 2 days of vaccination suddenly she stopped eating and started puking along with bloody diarrhea. We again went to vet and tested her stool sample, they wrote she is having intestinal infection and the bacteria is coccidian oocyst.. they gave saline and the medicine named bactrim suspension, but other doctor told that she might have parvo virus infected as thpugh both the symptoms of parvovirus and coccidian oocyst are same we are now confused what to do.

I was wondering if there has been any research on long term effects ,my dog had this and caught it we think from tank water . We found he had some problems with growing and balance after .He is 6 now and is fine but looks like he had arthritis and wondered if this was triggered by Coccidia as there is no history in his parents and siblings of Arthritis .I am getting him tested to check further in a few weeks for signs of Arthritis or anything that can be picked up on X-Ray .

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lulu
German Shepherd
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I just got my pup and she is 8 weeks old.. the vet suspected she has coccidia and is taking Albon now for 3 days she continues to have watery/mucos diarrhea and is still not eating . I'm really concerned about her not eating anything (not even peanut butter) she hasn't ate since she has been with us and was wondering how long till she will start. We are giving her milk replacement and she is drinking water..help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian suspected Coccidiosis they should have performed a simple floatation faecal test to confirm the presence of oocysts in the faeces. Sulfadimethoxine (Albon) may need to be given for an extended period of time depending on the severity of the infection. During the treatment time, symptomatic therapy should be continued to ensure that Lulu remains hydrated and comfortable. Other causes of mucus-watery diarrhoea are stress, viral enteritis and obstruction by a foreign body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am pregnant and have been cleaning up after my puppies that contracted coccidia. One puppy died. I cleaned up her bloody stool and vomit for two days with no gloves before we had the fecal test done to determine it was coccidia, and I am now worried about risks to my fetus. Are there risks to my unborn son?

I've had vets tell me they've never heard of it and it's not possible but I've seen it many times on my own

yes it is possible I've seen it happen many times

Is it possible for coccidia to show a weak positive on a parvo test?

My pup has the same thing. He's a German shepherd and on albon too. How long till your pup got better? My pup is six weeks old.

I have a German Shepetd too 9 weeks and they diagnosed him with Coccidia and gave him metronidazole 250 mg. Will that work the same than Albon?
After 2 days of taking the medicine he is still having difficulty breathing and it seems now a little constipation : (

I have two German Shepard pups they are 10 months old they are having bloody stools and have diarrhea taking them to vet tomorrow but could it be coccidiosis?

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zeus
Saint Bernard
3 months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Worms In Poo

hi my pup is sick this am and pooped out alot of worms he was treated a while ago but now there back and he wont eat or drink yet. and can this kill me or my children can we get it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anthelmintics (dewormer) doesn’t prevent worms, it kills any worms that are present at the time of administration which is why we recommend to administer an anthelmintic regularly to ensure that dogs remain worm free. Some, but not all, worms can infect humans too; it is important to practice strict hygiene and to pick up and discard any faeces immediately after defecation. Get an effective anthelmintic like Drontal Plus which is an all round anthelmintic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.bayerdvm.com/show.aspx/productdetail/drontal-plus-tablet

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Romulus
White German Shepherd
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

diarrhea, lethergy, vomitting

Our 8 week old german shepherd puppy has been diagnosed with coccidia. We started him on Alban yesterday with a double dose to start as directed. We are now giving him a single dose daily as directed for 10 days total. After starting meds yesterday he has had explosive liquid diarrhea and large amounts of vomiting This is happening a few hours after taking the meds only. We are getting him to drink water and take some plain pumpkin. We are trying to get some probiotics into him also. He is losing weight. His energy is not near as high and he is sleeping a lot. We have washed the floors with ammonia based cleaner, put boiling water on all the areas outside where he has pooped after picking it up. Is there anything else we can be doing? Also I have a 16 year old schnauzer/poodle cross (about 10 lbs). Should she be treated? Should we be concerned about the vomiting?
Thanks for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is the treatment of choice for coccidiosis in dogs and treatment may take ten days or longer in some cases; there is a divided opinion regarding whether to treat all dogs (whether they are showing symptoms or not) in a household, my opinion is you should. Along with treatment, ensuring that Romulus is hydrated and the disinfection of the environment is exactly what you should be doing to prevent reinfection; it will be a stressful time and after the course of treatment is concluded, additional faecal tests should be taken two weeks apart to see if the coccidia is still present or not (I would check both dogs). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Albon was the treatment of choice. A new much more effective drug was launch more than 5 years ago by Bayer. It is called Procox and one shot is usually enough. If need be, it is repeated every two weeks until the coccidia clears up. No more 3 weeks of Albon. Why cant you doctors keep informed and updated about new therapies and drugs? I believe its part of your job description. PROCOX is the way to go.

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Donuts
Cavoodle
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

No symptoms yet

my 10 week old puppy has been home with us for 16 days. i've recently learned that 3 of his 5 siblings have had diahhorea and blood in their stools, with 2 having their vets confirm coccidia, saying it likely came from when they were with the breeder. our puppy hasn't shown any symptoms and my vet today performed a faecal float test and said there was no evidence of coccidia or other parasites worms. does this mean he has been lucky and hasn't picked up coccidia? or could he have it and symptoms just not have shown yet? would appreciate a response :) thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia normally is identifiable in faeces, although false negatives occur; some Veterinarians choose to treat siblings of infected pups just to be safe. Many cases of coccidia are asymptomatic and usually don’t show symptoms until a dog is immunosuppressed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Dr Callum! I really appreciate the quick response. I'll talk to the vet about whether he should be treated just in case.

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Luna
Beagle
Ten Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Bloody diarrhea
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Baycox

Luna was diagnosed with Coccidia on Saturday 21 Jan 2017. We are giving her 1.5ml of Baycox every four days for 5 treatments. She is due her second treatment tomorrow, Wednesday. We are giving her Eukanuba Puppy Intestinal with a bit of warm water and a shredded chicken breast to eat, as she REFUSES to eat the kibble on its own. Even when mixed with water and chicken, she licks the kibble clean. Is there anything else we can give her with her food until she finds her appetite again? Anything that will make her hungry enough to eat the kibble? How long will it take for her to get better? :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes a dog will just stop to eat a particular food, especially if they associate a food with being sick; try moving her onto a different puppy kibble from Royal Canin or another brand to see if she finds that more appetising. Sometimes a dog will just avoid a specific type of food and you need to switch to another, especially if she is recovering from an infection. Treatment is taken over a few weeks but you should start to see improvement soon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Chihuahua
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Stool

My dog came back with a postive in her fecal test. It said she had many; more than 30. She doesn't have severe diarrhea or severe symptoms. Is she in a stage where it could be fatal. If not, how much would treatment costs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Does Bella have worms or coccidiosis (single cell parasites invisible to the naked eye)? Usually treatment is successful, but there may be some complications in very young or old dogs. Treatment costs vary depending on the medication prescribed, duration of treatment and follow up faecal tests; price can also vary from region to region, but isn’t usually too expensive in most cases. With swift treatment the prognosis is favourable based on the information you have provided. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Pit
13 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Lathargic, Not eating, Heavy Drinking, Urinating.

My puppy is a 13 week old pit. When we first brought her home she had fleas really bad.we bathed her with flea shampooand got rid of just about all of them. Yesterday she started running a fever. Was really lathargic, and somewhat lost appetite. Ive been keeping an eye on her stool and it seemed to be okay until today. I found little white specs in it and some were moving. I assumed worms and got a dewormer gave her a doseand she doesnt seem to be getting any better and she hasnt pooped sinse she took the dewormer. Her fever comes and goes, she ate good once today and has little water, she'll be active then completely drained and the fever comes back. Symptoms seem to be lasting longer. Also she vomited a little while after she took the dewormer as mentioned as a side effect of the meds. Is it possible she has coccidiaand if so what can i do if i cant afford a vet visit

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia cannot be seen in the faeces, they are single cell protozoa that are seen under a microscope. Helminths (worms) can be see either in their entirety or pieces (like the small segments of a tapeworm); pet shop anthelmintics may not be fully effective and it may take a day or more for all worms to be kicked from the body, a better anthelmintic like praziquantel (or similar) would be more effective. Coccidia usually results in diarrhoea, if the stool is firm the cause is most likely just worms; it isn’t unusual for a loss of appetite or for a little constipation in severe cases of worms, some mineral oil may help things along a bit (it will cause diarrhoea). Whilst I understand your financial position, after treatment is complete it is always best to have a faeces sample checked by her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leonidas
German Shepherd
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea
Lethargic

Where I am getting my German Shepherd puppy contacted me and stated that the dogs have coccidia. Unfortunately the puppy I was getting died. The place said they are treating the other dogs and I can choose a new one to bring home with me. My questions are: 1) Does coccidia ever go away? 2) Is it contagious to my older dogs that also live at home? I want all of them to be happy and healthy. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia is a contagious parasite which may infect other dogs; most dogs which become infected with coccidia are asymptomatic (don’t show any symptoms) but the infection is dangerous in puppies and geriatric dogs. Treatment is with sulfadimethoxine and some dogs may require multiple courses of treatment in order to get a negative faecal test result; also management of surroundings including picking up faeces immediately etc… are important. Coccidia infections in puppies is quite common and rarely cause problems long term however management, quarantine (just keep the dogs separate) until a negative result comes back after Leonidas arrives, would be the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Great Dane
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coccidia

Medication Used

Albon

My Dane has had coccidia for a couple weeks now. He has lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks and I'm very concerned. I took him to the vet yesterday and started treatment. However the night I started treatment he pooped in the house 4 times and I took him out twice. I'm very scared. Is there anything else I can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Albon (sulfadimethoxine) is the treatment of choice for coccidia, but treatment may need to be given over a long period of time (three to four weeks) as coccidia can be a difficult condition to treat. Apart from giving the Albon, there is little else to do except to ensure that Duke remains hydrated; plain canned pumpkin may firm up the stool a little but I think it would be unrewarding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Albon was the treatment of choice. A new much more effective drug was launch more than 5 years ago by Bayer. It is called Procox and one shot is usually enough. If need be, it is repeated every two weeks until the coccidia clears up. No more 3 weeks of Albon. Why cant you doctors keep informed and updated about new therapies and drugs? I believe its part of your job description. PROCOX is the way to go.

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Gilbert
Pug
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have had my pug for 5 days with mucus in his dirrhea. The breeder called and informed me that 3 of the dogs from the litter died from coccidia. I am going to the vet first thing in the morning to get medicine to treat him. How likely is he to survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia affects each dog differently, many dogs may have it and not show any symptoms; other have severe diarrhoea and dehydration. Prompt treatment with sulfadimethoxine (Albon) can lead to a favourable prognosis; just ensure that Gilbert remains hydrated, I wouldn’t want to give a chance of survival without examining him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marlee
Goldendoodle
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool

My goldendoodle is almost 5 months old. We picked her up from a breeder when she was 8 weeks old. She had a normal stool maybe for just the first two days home. After that she had a pudding like stool. During her first visit at the vet her fecal test came back negative. Her stool was still not normal and a second test showed up with clostridium perfringens. She was on antibiotic and for the first time her stool seemed to be becoming normal. As soon as she finished the round of antibiotic her muscey soft stool returned. The next vet visit and stool test showed she had coccidia. She was starting to have a normal stool and then as soon as she finished medicine (Albon) and immediately stool returned to soft watery mucous. I am at my wits end. Any advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After finishing a course of sulfadimethoxine, it is always best to have a faecal test to make sure the infection to cleared; also when you’re treating coccidia, it is important to pick up all faeces immediately to prevent reinfection. It would be best to have a physical examination and faecal test to rule out other causes; young puppies may be immunosuppressed and may pick up a variety of other infections. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Pit
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slightly lethargic

How can I distinguish coccidia between Parvo? She slightly lethargic not really her bubbly self. She threw up couple times last night but nothing today. Is it shown any signs of diarrhea yet but I just need to know how to distinguish between the two coccidia and parvo.

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Coccidia and parvo look similar, diagnosis between the two is based on history (vaccination - but I know her age) and diagnostic tests. It is common for puppies to have coccidiosis (many come from puppy farms etc…); most probably it is coccidia, but a faecal test will confirm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zander and hazel
Dachshund
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

Albon

I got my 4 month old puppy from a rescue group on 4/7 he was skin and bones they dewormed before I took him home and told me he would be alittle sick so we took him home to our 4 year old dog hazel. Zander our puppy was throwing up wobbling and having diarrhea no appetite or energy by the end of the night he had a lot of diarrhea and I noticed a drop of blood in it so I called his foster mom she said to take him to the vet tomorrow so the next day 4/8 he woke up feeling better was having sold poop no blood he was eating alittle more so take him to the vet they do a fecal test became negative for worms but positive for a parasite called coccidia and told me that's why he's so skinny and dehydrated so they gave him some fluids and gave him 6 albon then prescribed me 2.5 albon for five days when we got home he was staring to look better no diarrhea all solid poop a lot more of an appetite and energy the next day 4/9 he was awesome all day no throwing up no diarrhea no blood in the poop he starting to gain weight can see his puppy belly now can't see his ribs anymore or hip/back bones go to sleep the wake up early in the morning on 8/10 to him gagging but never throwing up he was doing it ever hour but nothing coming out he was still having solid poop blood free. Then by the afternoon he was having diarrhea a lot for about 2-3 hours then stoped then around 7 he was having solid poop then my other dog 4 year old hazel starts throwing up any food she eats and it's yellow and now won't eat or drink and the puppy late at night start having diarrhea again and I noticed another drop of blood in it and all Night he was gagging again but still no throw up and my other dog Hazel was still throwing up all night. I asked the bed is my other dog hazel could get the coccidia and she said she would be fine if I picked up the puppies poop which I've been doing and hazel came nowhere near the puppy's Poop.
He is on the medicine right now but is it still normal to have blood in his poop or do I need to be worried? And I don't know if he's just being a puppy but if I pick him up and hold him by his tummy he kind of wines. And do I need to take my other dog to the vet or is this just a tummy ache she's not pooping or having diarrhea just threw up .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Hazel may not of been near Zander’s faeces, she may of licked or smelled his anus and there may be transmission; it is always best practice to treat all animals in a pack if one of them has a parasitic infection. Coccidia isn’t like worms, it is a single cell parasite that can only be seen with a microscope. Treatment for coccidiosis can be a long process and some puppies can take weeks to treat. Regular faecal tests should be taken until no coccidia can be found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Timone
Lab Husky mix
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

Unknown

We just adopted a husky pup and after we brought it home the rescue messaged us to make sure we got the medication as well. I have a 3 yr old rotti at home as well, how contagious is this and should she be treated as well? They were sharing a water bowl before I was told.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coccidia is highly contagious and your other dog may pick up the infection from the environment; treatment of all incontact dogs (regardless of whether they shared a bowl) is important. Daily collection of faeces from the garden (most common source of infection) and cleaning surfaces with steam will help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ogi
Doberman Pinscher
7 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hello my new pup ogi is 7 weeks old, breeder just informed us today as week picked him up that he has coccidia. We have other dogs at home, can we expose our new pup to our older dogs at home? Ogi has been on aldon for 6 days And has 4 days left to take at 2 ml per day. Very worried about our other dogs getting sick and expensive treatment for multiple dogs. Thank you for your advice!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is best that you continue to treat Ogi until the treatment has finished and confirm whether or not he is coccidia free by having a faecal test carried out by your Veterinarian (you just need to drop off a sample at the clinic) before mixing him with your other dogs. Ensure that you pick up all of Ogi’s faecal matter to reduce the risk of oocysts in the environment around your dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

My puppy Bela got diagnosed with coccidia. In addition to having it and getting medication she is eating her poop. I have to hold her most of the day and then put her down for eating and fight with her to get her to poop and not eat it. She has escaped twice today and ate her poop. I don't know if she is reinfecting herself. Will this ever go away if she keeps eating her poop?

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Zoey
German Shepherd
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting drinking water and pacing
Diarrhea

How long does it take for it to go away? My German shepherd who is only 3 months was diagnosed and has had diarrhea for a month now and has had 5 types of medications and still isn't better? What should I ask for my vet to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of coccidia in dogs is treated with Albon (sulfadimethoxine) which is the only licensed product in the United States for the treatment of coccidia in dogs; ponazuril which is used to treat a different protozoan disease in horses has shown positive results in treating coccidia in dogs. The treatment of coccidia in dogs can be a long process with regular faecal tests to determine successful treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puga
Pug
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

My 3 month old pug puppy has Coccidia. Unfortunately, when the stool sample was taken 3 weeks ago we were not notified that the puppy had it. I called the vet today because the puppy has had regular diarrhea and has vomited up her food a couple of times. She just started Albon today. Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment with Albon (sulfadimethoxine) along with symptomatic treatment (ensure Puga remains hydrated etc…); after two weeks another faecal test should be performed to ensure that the coccidia has left her system. If Puga’s symptoms get worse or you notice any new symptoms visit your Veterinarian for another check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, I have had 3 dogs that every spring they get bloody, stinky, yellow puddin' poop. This has been over the last 18 years. Also have two cats. My vet just diagnosed one of the cats with coccidia. I am treating eveyone with Albon. Could coccidia be the cause of the yearly poops? It is so strange that this occurs every spring. Also, how do I treat the yard (wild squirrels, chipmunks, etc.) to get the coccidia out of my outside environment? Help!

After treatment we find small tan/clear tiny which kind of look like small sesame seeds by her butt and on blanket. Looks to be dead is this normal???

The small white things that look like seeds are tapeworms.

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