Coccidiosis

 

Clinical signs of coccidiosis usually are present or shortly following 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; and/or unsanitary conditions.

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.  For example, 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 Ebay.com or Amazon.com.

 

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 siblings. 

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 stress

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" coccidiosis.

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!

 


 


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