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Coccidiosis

Randy Walker DVM

About Coccidiosis...

Coccidiosis is the name for a disease produced by coccidia which are microscopic one-celled organisms that can infect the small intestine of dogs and cats. Scientific names of coccidia are Isospora canis and Isospora felis among others. Coccidiosis is common worldwide.

What Are The Symptoms Of Coccidiosis?

Clinical signs will vary from case to case. Puppies and kittens are usually more severely affected than older pets. In light infections little or no clinical signs may be seen. In heavy infections the patient can develop a bloody diarrhea with much mucous in it, vomiting, depression, weight loss, and fever.

How Is Coccidiosis Transmitted?

Pets acquire Coccidiosis by ingesting the infectious forms from contaminated stool in the environment. More severe cases of Coccidiosis are often seen in young animals under stressful conditions such as shipping, weaning, pet shops , kennels, etc.

Can People Catch Coccidiosis?

No.

How Is Coccidiosis Diagnosed?

Coccidiosis is diagnosed by detecting the coccidia organisms in a stool sample analyzed under a microscope.

How Is Coccidiosis Treated?

Coccidiosis is treated by giving oral medications for several days.

How Can I Prevent Reinfection infection?

Reinfection can be prevented by removing contaminated stool.

Besides Coccidiosis, What Other Intestinal Parasites Can My Dog Or Cat Become Infected With?

In addition to coccidiosis your dog can become infected with tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms (which are all worms) and giardia (which is a protozoa parasite), among others. Your cat can pick up tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms along with giardia and toxoplasmosis (which is another type of coccidia) among others.


- Randy Walker DVM
Sun Lakes Animal Clinic
May 14,2004



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