Features April 2017 Issue

Giardiasis and Coccidiosis in Puppies

Puppies are highly vulnerable developing a serious illness from a Giardia or Coccidia infection, at least partly because they can become seriously dehydrated much more quickly than adults if they have diarrhea – the hallmark of these infections.

Giardiasis and Coccidiosis in Puppies

Microscopic parasites Giardia and Coccidia just might be the cause of your puppy’s illness, or your dog’s persistent diarrhea.

Two of the most frustrating but common parasites your puppy might be hosting are Giardia and Coccidia. These are not worms, but two species of protozoa – single-celled organisms that reproduce in the intestines of infected animals and shed their spores into the environment through the infected animals’ feces. These spores can survive in watery environments and soil, long enough to be incidentally consumed by other animals, either by drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated grass, or just walking through (or sitting or lying on) contaminated soil and then grooming themselves.

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