Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
these sound much scarier than they are.... almost anytime a dog has diarrhea and someone suggests "it's probably just a bug" - these are the "bugs". coccidia is more common in puppies where as giardia can affect anyone, including humans. symptoms are generally diarrhea or loose stools (blood, mucous or both can be present) but coccidia also carries the potential of vomiting or hives. hydration is key. and puppies should absolutely be treated where as some adult dogs can resolve it themselves.
fecal matter is the culprit, even the tiniest bit, so yeah it can be difficult to control/eliminate once established.
I work in kennel with an elaborate cleaning routine that takes place multiple times a day with a very expensive product and we still get a handful giardia cases per week.
to consider it a deal breaker for a breeder would be similar to pulling your kid from a daycare because they caught a cold.
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Last edited by Fodder; 10-23-2015 at 12:11 AM.