Pregnant dogs and lactating bitches are very prone to coccidia infection. Because of their current condition they have massive levels of psychological stress and are very sensitive to parasitic infection, such as coccidia. It is hard to determine whether or not the places they are staying are safe from coccidia parasites. Hence, it is very important to follow some healthy tips to protect your pregnant dogs from coccidia infection.
- Isolate you pregnant dogs and lactating bitches from litters. Instead of allowing them to stay longer and sleep on grasses, keep them on easy-to-disinfect places like those floors that are made of concrete materials or tiles.
- You can also protect your lactating bitches from coccidia infection and other dog parasites by putting them on pet pens that have never been infected by coccidia. These pens must be away from the main dog population to avoid fecal run-off and must have not been resided by a recently infected dog.
- If some other animals that are infected with coccidia parasites have stayed on the place where your pregnant dogs use to stay, disinfect the place first before allowing them to stay again.
- See to it that the beddings and feeds that you provide for your pregnant dogs are clean. When feeding, use steel bowls as they are easy to disinfect, autoclave, and boil.
- For sure, since there are many coccidia carriers that are just lingering around the place, it is good to pre-emptively treat bitches with coccidiostatic drugs prior to whelping or shortly after whelping. Visit your vets for the right dosage of coccidiostat administration. Coccidiostatic drugs will help reduce the number of oocysts that might shed in the mother’s feces, thus; also minimizing the risk of newborn puppies from getting infected.
It is very important that you care for your pregnant dogs, since they are very susceptible to dog parasites. Likewise, protecting your pregnant dogs may also mean protecting the new born puppies, which are the most susceptible animals to coccidia infection. As mothers whelp, they might also shed feces which can unavoidably be eaten by young puppies. However, if you take some precautionary measures to care for pregnant dogs, then it is less likely for coccidia to occur.