HOT SPOTS IN DOGS

Hot spots in dogs By Admin What is a dog hot spot?  Hot spots in dogs are common and can be worse in hot weather.  They are warm, painful patches of skin that can ooze pus and give off a … Continue reading

HEARTWORMS IN YOUR DOG

Heartworms In Your Dog By Admin What is heartworm?  Heartworms in your dog are caused by internal parasites.  They are passed to dogs from mosquitoes.  The mosquito bites an infected dog, microfilariae or baby worms in the dogs blood are … Continue reading

TICKS ON YOUR DOG

Ticks on your Dog By Admin Ticks on your dog may poise a threat to your dog’s health.  Most bites cause no lasting effects, but in extreme cases, bites can cause tick fever, tick paralysis, or Lyme Disease.  Ticks are … Continue reading

FLEAS ON YOUR DOG

Fleas on your dog By Admin Fleas on a dog can cause many problems.  They cause your dog discomfort, can pass on tapeworms and cause anemia.  You should regularly inspect your dog for any signs of fleas.  If you notice … Continue reading

Coccidiosis In Puppies

CoccidiosisCoccidiosis In Puppies

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What is coccidiosis?  Coccidiosis is a common protozoan disease found in puppies.  Adult dogs are not immune.  It is severe in nursing puppies.  Coccidiosis in puppies is a common problem in the southern United States.  It occurs in connection with filth, over crowding, and poor sanitation.  Intestinal parasites in dogs can cause serious health problems.

Puppies can acquire the infection from their mother or from contaminated premises.  If Kennel sanitation is poor, the puppies reinfect themselves from their feces.  Coccidiosis can spread rapidly in a kennel.

Five to seven days after the ingestion of the oocysts, the infected cysts appear in the puppies feces.  The cycle is complete in the seven days.  The first signs you will notice is canine diarrhea.  As it progresses the feces turn mucus-like and tinged with blood.  You will notice a lack of appetite, weakness, dehydration, and anemia.  It can be accompanied by a cough, running nose, and discharge from the eyes.

Mild cases of Coccidiosis can be found in the stools of puppies without casing problems, until stress from shipping or an outbreak of worms, reduces resistance.  Dogs that recover become carriers.

Your Veterinarian can identify if your puppy has coccidiosis by finding adult oocysts in a microscopic slide of fresh feces.

Treatment should begin with stopping the dog diarrhea.  A Neomycin-Kaopectate antidiarrhea preparation can be used to stop the diarrhea in dogs.  Dogs with diarrhea can become severely dehydrated or anemic, it may need to be hospitalized for fluid replacement.

The best choice of antibiotic treatment is sulfonamides and antibiotics.  This drug will remove oocysts from the stool in seven to twelve days.

Dogs that are carriers should be isolated and treated.  Kennel runs and cages should be washed daily and bleached with boiling water to prevent dog parasites.