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What is Coccidia?

Coccidia is a type of parasite that commonly affects dogs and puppies. It can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. If you suspect your dog or puppy has coccidia, it is important to seek veterinary treatment immediately. Here are some steps that may be taken to treat coccidia in dogs and puppies:

  1. Diagnosis: A veterinarian will diagnose coccidia by examining a stool sample under a microscope.

  2. Medication: A medication called sulfadimethoxine is commonly prescribed to treat coccidia in dogs and puppies. It is given orally and is typically administered for 10-14 days. Other medications may be prescribed if sulfadimethoxine is not effective. We find that 3 days of Toltrazuril helps eliminate Coccidia completely. Another dose 10 days later can help with any reinfection.

  1. Supportive care: Provide supportive care for your dog or puppy while they recover. This may include offering small, frequent meals to avoid upsetting their stomach, ensuring they have access to clean water, and monitoring their activity level.

  2. Hygiene: Coccidia is spread through fecal-oral contact, so it is important to practice good hygiene. Clean up your dog's feces immediately and dispose of it properly. Keep your dog's living area clean and disinfected. Bathing with chlorhexidine shampoo after treatment and a bleaching all items in contact with th dog will help prevent reinfection.

  3. Follow-up: After treatment, follow up with your veterinarian to ensure that the coccidia has been eliminated. A stool sample may be taken to confirm that the parasite is no longer present. Cocciadia can be easily acquired in dog parks, fields, walks and exposure to other dogs. Yearly fecal exams can help catch parasites before they multiply and cause major issues.

It is important to treat coccidia promptly to avoid complications and ensure that your dog or puppy makes a full recovery. Your veterinarian can provide specific recommendations for treating coccidia based on the severity of the infection and the age and health status of your dog or puppy.

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