Canine coccidia is the term used to refer to the coccidia infection in puppies and older dogs. This type of disease is not generally a big threat to healthy dogs but it can be deadly to puppies and older dogs, especially that they have immature and weakened immune system.
Canine coccidia is one of the most common dog health problems in multiple-dog breeding facilities, pounds, shelters, and even in boarding kennels. This disease in dogs is also one of pet owners’ greatest dilemmas because it mostly eats up most of the budget for sick dog staff care.
The dog parasites in canine coccidia usually infest in the stomach causing diarrhea in dogs with age three to four months, and cause excruciating symptoms like diarrhea and watery or bloody stool with foul odor. Dogs that reach 12 weeks old are already immune of coccidia. They seldom get infected than younger ones do, however; they can be carriers of the coccidia parasites even without showing symptoms of it. If pet owners do not notice this, younger puppies can get infected with coccidia by eating the carrier’s faeces.
Canine coccidia only happen in old dogs when their immune system is weakened. There are many reasons that cause the weakening of old dogs’ immune system. The common causes include stress, poor sanitation, and poor nutrition. Canine coccidia in old dogs can also occur together with some other dog health problems.
Canine coccidia do not really heal but vets do provide treatment to ease its symptoms. When puppies stop withdrawing bloody faeces, it does not necessarily mean that they are completely safe from canine coccidia. In truth, canine coccidia can infect puppies again and again when the sanitation and nutrition is very poor, or when they are place at close proximity with coccidia infected dogs.