wide number of animal species, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats, sheep and chickens
and many other species of animals, as well.
Most commonly in puppies and kittens less than six months of age or in animals who are stressed in other ways (e.g.; change in ownership,).
The first thing that has
to be considered is that coccidosis is very common. It is likely that 30
Isospora species that
affect dogs include Isospora canis, I. ohioensis, I. neorivolta and I.
What are the symptoms of coccidiosis?
Puppies and kittens often
show signs of illness.
The primary sign of an
animal suffering with coccidiosis is diarrhea. The diarrhea may be mild to
severe depending on the level of infection. Blood and mucous may be
present, especially in advanced cases. Severely affected animals may also
vomit, lose their appetite, become dehydrated.
In addition, lots of
dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are infected and are shedding oocysts
While it is probably impossible to kill all the coccidia in a puppy with clinical disease using medications, it may help reduce the numbers of organisms that littermates and housemates are subjected to and to shorten the duration of clinical signs.
General cleanliness does
not ensure that infections will not occur, but removal of contaminated
What is the treatment of coccidiosis
most commonly used medications are sulfonamide antiseptics, such as
We hope these tips help you and your new puppy enjoy a long healthy life!!