Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by a microscopic organism. The disease generally spreads from one pet to another by contact with stool (bowel movement) from infected individuals.
It is more severe in young or weakened pets and can cause symptoms like bloody diarrhea. In serious cases, severe diarrhea, blood loss and dehydration can lead to death. Healthy adult pets may often carry a small number of these organisms with no symptoms.
Diagnosis is based on microscopic examination of the stool. Several medications exist for treatment. If dehydration, debilitation or significant blood loss has occurred, hospitalization, fluid therapy and additional medications may be necessary.
- Use all medications as prescribed by your veterinarian.
- Clean and dry bedding/sleeping area should be provided for ill pets.
- Provide a high quality, balanced diet.
- Keep infected patients away from non-infected pets.
- Clean up stools promptly.
- Monitor your pet's progress carefully and have him/her rechecked as directed by your veterinarian.
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