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Intestinal Parasite (Coccidia) in Dogs

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Treatment

 

Treatment is generally outpatient. A medication to kill the parasite will be prescribed, and is generally highly effective and fast working. The dog will need to be rehydrated as a result of the diarrhea. If the dog is debilitated, it may be kept for observation. A follow up fecal examination within one to two weeks of the initial treatment will be needed to ensure that the parasite is no longer present in the animal's body.

 

Living and Management

 

Owners should administer the prescribed medication as directed and monitor the dog for progress. If there is a decline in the dog's health, they should visit their veterinarian to ensure that there is not a more serious underlying health cause.

 

Prevention

 

The best prevention is to keep infected animals apart. Testing the feces from a dog that is pregnant or has given birth to be sure that it is not infected will protect newborns from infection, or alert the breeder or owner to the problem so that treatment can be prescribed. New owners may wish to test the feces of a young dog as a preventive, since this is a common issue.

 

 

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