|08-25-2013 01:31 PM|
Thank you all for the tips and info! The good news is that my husband has been picking up the dirt and grass around her poop since we got her. It was always too wet to use a doggy bag, so he uses a shovel. I'm glad to know we were doing the right thing, even by accident! I also read somewhere else on the forums about spraying a clorox/water mix on the area to kill the coccidia, so I might do that as well to be extra safe.
After going to the vet yesterday and having her first round of medication, she's already WORLDS better today. She ate all her breakfast and stayed up for three hours of playing before crating herself for a nap. I'm hopeful for a quick recovery, and putting some weight on this tiny pup!
|08-25-2013 11:07 AM|
|mebully21||make sure you pick up all the grasss/dirt around her poop so she doesnt reinfect her self when going potty in the yard. most follks forget to pick up the grass/dirt with the poop when a dog has a parasite|
|08-25-2013 10:38 AM|
My little girl had coccidia along with hookworm when we got her at 7 weeks. She only weighed 4.8 lbs. ( I was worried she was a dwarf) After treatment and clearing of the worms and coccidia she began to steadily gain weight. With good quality dog food ( Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor ) you should see a 2-3 lb. per week weight gain.
Try not to stress. Unless there is some other underlying problem your pup should start to gain weight and catch up in no time. My girl is 5.5 months and weighs 46 lbs.
|08-25-2013 02:09 AM|
The coccidia microorganism is very common in the environment and most dogs have some in their system normally. Under stress in puppies or a dog with a compromised immune system, it can get out of hand, causing diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. It shouldn't get to be a big deal, but if a puppy is otherwise compromised, it can make a pup pretty sick.
That is a very small GSD pup for 12 weeks. But it may not be because of the coccidia--so it's hard to know how much she's going to grow once you get her stomach back on track.
Here's some info:
COCCIDIA: A cause of diarrhea in dogs/puppies
Coccidia | CAPC Vet
|08-24-2013 11:22 PM|
Greetings all! I have been enjoying this forum for the past week, since getting my female GSD Rizzo, and it's been very informative and helpful!
I found out today that my little girl (12 weeks today) has coccidia. We took her to the emergency vet, and now have medication. Since we've only had her a week, the vet thinks she had it when we adopted her.
I'll monitor her behavior for the next few days, and hope she resumes eating and playing as normal. My question, though, is what to expect from her recovery, especially in terms of weight gain. Rizzo is REALLY small. She weighed in at just 11.7 lbs. at the vet today, again at 12 weeks. I know she is going to be on the smaller side, but I think the coccidia may have caused her to not gain as much as she should. Do you think she will start growing more once she is rid of this parasite, or will this permanently affect her size?
No matter how big she gets I will love her to pieces, and I was looking for a dog on the smaller side to begin with. But I wonder if anyone can tell me if they saw a noticeable "jump" in weight after a coccidia infection.
Thanks a million!