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What are Protozoan Parasites?

A parasite is an organism that lives on or in another organism and gets its food and shelter at the expense of its host. More common than we think, parasites invade humans and animals and manifest in disease, some of which may cause substantial damage to the intestinal tract. One class of parasites that can cause disease is protozoa, one-celled organisms that often cause their host little to no harm. However, some single cell organisms are highly injurious to canines, causing severe diarrhea, excessive weight loss, general sickliness and even death. Due to acute or chronic diarrhea, a canine may become dehydrated. Malnutrition is also a particularly serious outcome of intestinal protozoa, and is particularly dangerous for puppies and adolescent dogs who have underdeveloped immune systems, or dogs that are immunocompromised. 

Two common intestinal parasites found in canines are Coccidia, microscopic protozoans that live in the intestinal wall. and Giardia, the most common intestinal parasite worldwide. Giardiasis, an infection of the small intestine caused by the presence of Giardia, occurs when dogs ingest infected offspring that are shed in another animal's feces.  Though most dogs with giardiasis will not present with symptoms such as chronic diarrhea or vomiting, the presence of the parasite may still lead to a malabsorption of nutrients, damage to the intestinal lining and problematic digestion. A dog with giardiasis may not demonstrate a change in appetite, but will still experience weight loss. If symptoms do materialize, the dog will likely have acute or intermittent diarrhea. Another intestinal parasite found in canines is Coccidia, tiny parasites that can cause an infectious disease called coccidiosis. As with giardiasis, dogs may carry the parasite, but be asymptomatic. Puppies or immunocompromised dogs may have particularly watery diarrhea mixed with mucus or blood. If left untreated, severe cases of coccidiosis may be fatal. 

Unsanitary or overcrowded kennels, pet shops and breeding facilities are commonly contaminated with intestinal parasites. Parks and lawns also provide dogs with opportunities to ingest other dogs’ feces, the most common way that dogs spread infection.

A parasite is an opportunist organism that feeds off its host. Protozoan parasites may invade a dog’s intestinal tract and cause infections such as Coccidia and Giardia.

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Symptoms of Protozoan Parasites in Dogs

  • Dogs may be asymptomatic
  • Acute or sporadic diarrhea
  • Bloody or mucoid stool
  • Weight loss

Types

Coccidia

Coccidia are intestinal protozoans that live in the intestinal wall.  Coccidia are often spread when the canine eats the infected feces of another animal.  While most dogs with coccidiosis are often asymptomatic, puppies and immunocompromised dogs may develop severe bloody, mucoid diarrhea. In such cases, a lack of veterinary treatment may cause death.

Giardia

Giardia, the most common intestinal parasite worldwide, are intestinal protozoans that live in the small intestine of dogs. Infection with Giardia is common, but disease is rare. Like Coccidia, young and immunocompromised animals may develop gastrointestinal illness featuring severe diarrhea, dehydration and weight loss.  Older, healthy dogs are usually asymptomatic.

Causes of Protozoan Parasites in Dogs

  • Ingestion of parasite through feces or infected rodents
  • Contaminated water
  • Unsanitary and overpopulated environments

Diagnosis of Protozoan Parasites in Dogs

The presence of protozoan parasites is not always easy to detect. The veterinarian will perform a routine examination, paying attention to the dog’s appearance, reported symptoms and medical history.  The primary diagnostic tool is a stool sample, though, due to the small size of the protozoa and its intermittent appearance, a fecal examination must be repeated every few days. The stool is examined microscopically for presence of protozoal parasites.

Treatment of Protozoan Parasites in Dogs

Even if the stool sample doesn’t reveal the presence of parasites, a veterinarian will often treat the dog empirically. An antiparasitic drug may be prescribed to kill Giardia and Coccidia in the intestine. A sulfa-based antibiotic may be given, as well as treatment for dehydration.

Both of these infections have the potential to cause severe diarrhea which can lead to serious consequences, if not treated with therapy for the dehydration that can result. Your veterinarian may feel it necessary to hospitalize your pet and provide intravenous fluids and antidiarrheal medication until she feels that he is stabilized enough to return home.

Recovery of Protozoan Parasites in Dogs

The dog’s living environment must be safely treated to avoid re-infection.  Other dogs in frequent, close contact should also receive treatment. For healthy dogs with symptoms, a full recovery should occur through the administration of proper medications and the maintenance of a sanitary environment.

Protozoan Parasites Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

jax
Labradoodle
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Panting
Throwing up

Medication Used

Flagyl
ssz
Ondansetron
prednisone

our dog has had diarrhea since the week before christmas. it was bloody we took him to the vet they put him on antibiotics and that solved the bloody stool. however the diarrhea has been constant now he is lethargic panting and doesn't want to eat. we have took him to multiple vets and they all prescribe the same thing and we put him on a low fat diet. we have tried just chicken and rice and he ate that and now he wont eat anything. nothing has helped he is up to date on all shots dewormer

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I can see that your Veterinarian(s) have treated the common causes of diarrhoea with Flagyl (metronidazole) for infections; prednisone for colitis; and ondansetron for nausea. If a faecal test hasn’t been carried out yet, I would recommend that one is to look for signs of protozoan parasites; but dietary issues, stress among other issues may also cause diarrhoea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Labrador Retriever
8 Weeks
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Listed above

My puppy is around 2 months old. Since yesterday he's getting loose motions with a bit of mucus ,loss of apetite, weight loss and lazy. Its a labrador retriever male. What I'm supposed to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of mucus in the stool including parasites, infections, foreign bodies, diet changes etc… Given Oreo’s age, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to discuss vaccination if you haven’t already and to get a faeces sample to test for parasites and parvo (to be on the safe side). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Polo Bitcoin
Mal-shi
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, weakness, sleepy,

Hi, my 3 months dog had diarrhea yesterday morning, his stool was bloody and with awful smell. He lost his appetite, didn’t eat and drink, he slept all day. There was no stool all day.
Today he ate very little, but his today’s stool was like normal a little bit diarrhea. He is not as usual but there is a big difference between today and yesterday.
Can you help me please? Is it very dangerous? What should I do?Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are very susceptible to parasites and infectious disease, and Polo should be seen as soon as possible . Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, recommend any tests or treatments that may be necessary, and give Polo treatment that he needs. I hope that he is okay.

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Bullet
Rottweiler
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Bloody and mucoid diahrrea

My 7 weeks old puppy has diahrrea his stool is bloody and mucoid he is not yet diagnosed with anything but it seems as if he has a protozoan parasite .. until he gets diagnosed what can i do at home to make him better .. he is also not eating very well and has become very weak .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1093 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Puppies are very susceptible to parasites, intestinal infections, and infectious diseases such as Parvo virus. if Bullet isn't eating, and has diarrhea and is lethargic, he needs to be seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian to be examined and receive supportive care so that he is okay. I hope that he does well.

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Winnie and Winston
Beagle
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea with a bloody mucus

I have two beagle puppies who are both up to date on their shots, and have been dewormed since we brought them home. One puppy lives at my house, and the other lives with my grandparents. Both pups have had almost constant soft stool bordering on diarrhea. And it is sometimes bloody and has some mucus in it. Wondering if it could be another type of parasite or possibly something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
It is possible that they are both being affected by a protozoan parasite, I would suggest getting a stool sample checked by your Veterinarian so that any parasite present can be identified so that treatment may be given. Other causes may be due to infection, stress, foreign objects (unlikely in both pups), food issues among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Labrador Retriever
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Listed above

Hey, i have a 54 days old male labrador who has been diagnosed with coccidiosis. He keeps on vomiting and is not eating anything. We have given it saline for energy but its not working well since its throwing out the liquid from its body. He also has blood with mucus in his stool. The veterinarian is also concerned about the vomiting and said he can't do much until the vomiting has stopped. We are giving him injections as well as syrup to control nausea but everything seize to work. What I'm supposed to do to stop his vomiting. He's getting weaker day by day and has lost considerable amount of weight. The report of the stool sample came out to be coccidiosis. Under the lens there were at least 30-40 eggs to be seen. Please help and will he survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from the symptomatic and supportive care that Oreo is receiving, it is important for Oreo to be receiving ponazuril or sulfadimethoxine to treat against the coccidia. Other symptomatic care may be the use of antiemetics to help prevent against vomiting, but the mainstay of treatment should be the treatment of the coccidia and ensuring that Oreo remains sufficiently hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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