Clinical signs of coccidiosis usually are present or
stress such as weather changes; weaning; going to a
home with rowdy children; overcrowding; long automobile
or plane rides; relocation to a new home and new owners;
Symptoms or signs of coccidiosis will depend on the state of the
disease at the time of observation. In general, coccidiosis affects the
intestinal tract and symptoms are associated with it. In mild cases, only a
watery diarrhea may be present, and if blood is present in the feces, it is only
in small amounts. Severely affected animals may have a thin, watery feces with
considerable amounts of intestinal mucosa and blood. Straining usually is
evident, rapid dehydration, weight loss and anorexia (off feed) also may be
clinically visible. One of the most prevalent canine coccidia is S.
tenella and during autopsies of dead animals appears as microscopic muscle
cysts in the host animal. Oocysts in the feces of dogs are also microscopic in
size and can only be positively identified through lab tests or direct
observation under a microscope.
Coccidiosis is frequently referred to as an opportunist – a
disease that will develop when other stress factors are present.
the highest incidence of coccidiosis is in the first 21 days after a dog
has changed owners and moved to a new residence. If a normal animal carries
oocysts, it is relatively easy for rapid development when the conditions are
right – adverse weather, shipping, dog food changes, new owners, new residence,
and other stresses are important.
Infection may be treated but should NOT
be done so with
sulfadimethoxine drug such
as Albon®, Bactrovet®, or Tribrissen® as these drugs can dry out the
joints of your Dane! We highly recommend
Kocci Free which can be purchased at
Amber Technology or even found on
NOTE: My puppies are raised in a clean
environment, that's why I provide weekly pictures and also videos so people can
see where and how they are raised.
I do separate my puppies from one another
approximately one week before new parents are to take possession so hopefully
they won't cry as much once they get to their new home due to missing their
However, I do NOT let any of them go to their
new homes unless their stool is nice and firm, they are eating well and they are
acting 100% fine as well as they are vet checked before leaving to go to their
new home. Therefore, as mentioned in the first paragraph above, it
is possible for my puppies to show signs of coccidiosis due to
Even though our puppies are exposed to children (our
grandchildren or friend's kids), our home is a quiet home so if our puppies go
to a new home with a crying baby or just rowdy, loud children or just a noisy
home in general for whatever reason, this can cause stress which can cause
coccidiosis to emerge.
There are many articles on the internet to support
this, just "Bing or Google"
Despite my warning, some new parents still let
their puppies down in public places such as a road side park, a doggy park
or even at the vet's office, which in my opinion is the worse place to put a
puppy down. (Think about it, mostly SICK animals go to the vet!)
Even to put the puppy out in the front yard to play is not a good idea because
you just don't know what kind of sick animals have traveled through your front
yard during the day or night. Many, many bacteria and diseases can be
picked up by your puppy at such places until they've had all
3 series of vaccinations.
When we have litters at the house we spray the
bottom of our shoes with Clorox disinfectant before ever setting foot out of our
vehicles. We also do not allow any guests to come over during this time
unless they remove their shoes or spray the soles with a disinfectant. We
take all precautions to keep our puppies healthy and safe!