Update on Jack, the pup
Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:00 PM
My heart is so sad....I feel so bad for the little baby boy. I hope his immune system is strong and that he is a big trooper!
This is a definition of Coccidia (I had never heard of it):
What are coccidia?
Coccidia are small protozoans (one-celled organisms) that multiply in the intestinal tracts of dogs and cats, most commonly in puppies and kittens less than six months of age, in adult animals whose immune system is suppressed, or in animals who are stressed in other ways (e.g.; change in ownership, other disease present).
In dogs and cats, most coccidia are of the genus called Isospora. Isospora canis and I. ohioensis are the species most often encountered in dogs. Regardless of which species is present, we generally refer to the disease as coccidiosis. As a puppy ages, he tends to develop a natural immunity to the effects of coccidia. As an adult, he may carry coccidia in his intestines, and shed the cyst in the feces, but experience no ill effects.
What are the risks?
Although many cases are mild, it is not uncommon to see severe, bloody diarrhea result in dehydration and even death. This is most common in animals who are ill or infected with other parasites, bacteria, or viruses. Coccidiosis is very contagious, especially among young puppies. Entire kennels may become contaminated, with puppies of many age groups simultaneously affected.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:04 PM
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:47 PM
Yes, coccidia AND parvo! Poor baby boy!
He had to have gotten it from the breeder...from what I read the coccidia has an incubation period of about 13 days.
I am SO frustrated and sad for him.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 11:01 PM
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