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    Coccidia

    Does anyone have any info on coccidia? My 5 pups had it, and 2 of them died...the other 3 are fine... I have been dosing them with Albon. Tomorrow will be the tenth day for them to get it. Their stools are not as firm as they were before they got sick. I was wondering if I should change their diet... the vet says Diamond Lg. Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice is not a good (recommended) food. I thought it was!!!!!!! They said Purina, Iams or Science Diet is preferred, but I know better!






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    Coccidia are small protozoans that live in the intestinal tracts of dogs. Puppies get it from exposure to the coccidia in feces, sometimes from the mother, other times from another puppy with the disease picked up from a vets office, kennel, play area. The primary sign of an dog suffering with coccidiosis is diarrhea. The diarrhea may be mild to severe depending on the level of infection. Blood and mucous may be present, especially in advanced cases. Severely affected dogs may also surcome to vomit, lose their appetites, become dehydrated, and in some instances, die from the disease. Drugs such as sulfadimethoxine (Albon) and trimethoprim-sulfadiazine (Tribrissen) have been very effective in the treatment.

    Now about the food. Stay away from the foods you mentioned. Try Life's Abundance of Flint River Ranch, Innova Evo something like that. Better food is always the best.

    Susan Potts,CPG




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    Hello, I raise bassets, and just had a bout with coccidia myself. I have used albon with my litters before, but just recently found out that Albon doesn't actually kill the parasite. My vet sold me something different this time. It's marquis suspension. It needs to be mixed up by the vet to get the right dosage for pups because it is also used on large animals like cattle. I will tell you, it's not cheap! The beauty of it is that it only takes one dose, and the parasite is actually killed. I gave it to my 6 basset pups, and they are doing great now. The stool is firming up too. It's really important to keep picking up after the little ones, so they can't keep ingesting it by licking their paws, or playing in it. That in itself is a job, but well worth the time it takes. Hope this helps.

    Sharon




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    I clean houses for a living and my customer gave 1,000 for a golden retriever [which is crazy] I have 3 healthy dogs and very picky about where they go and what they eat and how they behave.well.....after work that day,few days later my youngest westie was 14 months old and i some how brought that parasite to him,unbelievable that could happen.thats the first ive ever heard of it. yvonne





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