When coccidia parasites start residing in the dog’s intestinal tract, your dogs may immediately show symptoms of coccidia. One of the very first signs of parasites invading your dog’s intestine is diarrhea. The severity of the diarrhea, however; depends on how infected your puppy is. Most times you would notice your dog having watery stool but it may turn bloody and contain mucus when the infection gets severe.
There are many more symptoms of parasites, which a dog with coccidia exhibits in a matter of days. Knowing them will immediately allow you to take necessary actions to save your dogs. The following are more symptoms of coccidia.
- Intestinal and colonic upset due to coccidia infesting in the small and large intestines
- Abdominal bloating but when you touch it, it basically feels soft and watery
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss or malnourishment
- Vomiting even though the dog is eating less
- Weakness to the point that your dog seldom go outside to play or may simply just be staying in one corner for the whole day
- Dehydration especially in puppies
- Seizures in case of severe infections
- Slimy and jelly-like faeces
- Bright red blood in the faeces
- Repeated straining to defecate
Most symptoms of coccidia do not immediately occur on the first day of infestation. Some dogs can remain healthy and energetic despite the infection and can recover easily without medication. However, infected puppies especially at the age of 3 to 4 months may immediately show signs of parasites in as fast as 14 days. Due to their immature immune system, puppies can get very sick, and can die without proper therapies.
Thus, it is very important to immediately speak to vets in order to check if the dog symptoms are signs of coccidia, as well as know the proper medication in order to treat and cure the dog.