Coccidia treatment for pregnant dogs is different from other puppies and older dogs. Pregnant dogs are more sensitive, especially when they start to lactate and have babies. At this stage, they become very sensitive to infections.
It should be noted that most of the drugs used for coccidia treatment are sulfa based. Administering sulfa based drugs without the vet’s supervision can be dangerous to the pregnant dogs and to the newborn puppies as well. Sulfa based coccidia treatment for pregnant dogs suppresses the immune system and stresses the dog more, which in turn causes birth defects to the puppies.
However, when it is very necessary to use a coccidiostat, vets usually treat coccidia in pregnant dogs using the horse-worming drug known as ponazuril. Unlike other drugs such as Albon, it works to suppress the growing number of oocyst inside the mother’s intestine and the ones shed into the stool without causing allergic reactions to the pregnant dogs. By this, puppies are also protected from consuming infected feces from the mother.
To coccidia in dogs that are pregnant, vets administer coccidiostat very carefully prior to whelping or they most likely advice you to wait until your dog has given birth before inducing any coccidia treatment. In some cases of coccidia treatment, supportive care in the form of fluids and anti-emetic drugs are given during the duration of pregnancy.
Hence, when you suspect that your pregnant dogs are suffering from coccidia, avoid giving any treatment without bringing the dog to a vet clinic. Your veterinarian is in the best position to evaluate the condition of the pregnant dog and foresee the risks that accompany any treatment of coccidia in dogs.