Coccidia is a parasitic infection that affects dogs and puppies. It’s caused by microscopic parasites called Isospora canis, which live in the intestines of infected animals.

The disease is most commonly seen in puppies, which can become infected through contact with their mother’s feces or from drinking water contaminated with fecal matter. Young dogs may also contract the disease from eating contaminated food or soil.

Symptoms of Coccidia in Dogs

The symptoms of coccidiosis are usually mild and include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Fever (may be low grade)
  • Dehydration (signs include sunken eyes, dry gums, rapid breathing)
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting (sometimes with blood)

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