This is the first time with all the different dogs we have had that we have a dog with a tapeworm and something called Cocillia (have no idea where it comes from or what causes it)
I saw what looked like rice in his stool Friday night took him to the vet Sat. Morn. He has tapeworms and cocillia??They put him on some sort of med. One pill the first day and 1/2 pill for six days. Easy enough, small piece of cheese and down they go. He will eat anything that doesn't eat him.
He seems to be ok, sure has not slowed him down. They said he may have ingested a Flea? The high here has only been 65, I thought fleas lived in hot weather, plus none of our other dogs ever had fleas. He just got started on heart worm meds, (we have only had him a short time). He is on Novartis once a month. Will this help stop a relapse with the worms?
Should we get him a flea collar? I really hate them because they can damage the skin. Appreciate any help.
I assume is he could pass it on to another dog or a human we would have been warned. So I guess we are ok?
You are a good mom this happens to the best of us. Last year at this time I was going through the same thing. I didn't treat all the dogs at the same time because Blaze was the only one to have it. So guess what I ended up treating all of them twice before I licked the problem. They where passing it back and forth.
It sounds like your vet put your dog on sulfer Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim, this is what I treated with. It worked really well once I started to treat them all. Blaze and Buddy also had a tape worm, I found like white tiny balls the size of small peas in there running poop. I took it up to the vet and was told that it was part of the dogs intestines that the worms where eating a way! OMG that made me sick.
SO now they get wormed once every 6 weeks during the summer with two different wormers. One month the get safeguard and the next they get Ivomec. I worm them and then 7 - 10 days later follow with the same does. I do worm them once in a while during the winter but it seems like the problem isn't as bad. I haven't seen a worm since KNOCK ON WOOD!
Wash all his bedding also and pick up the poop so they don't become re infested. Good luck and let us know how he is doing.
I'm trying to give you a link but some reason it is not working. If you go to Google search type in Coccidia. You will be able to learn more about it. I have also learned the the animals strain of Coccidia is different then the human kind so they claim we can't get it from our pets. If I'm wrong any one please let me know!
I personally don't know about the once a month meds that you are giving him helping with the worms, I give sentinal and it is supposed to. Also i wanted to make a suggestion that suebgone gave me. Buy Lime from Lowes or Menards and spread all over the yard, it kills the hookworms and whipworms living in the yard. It is really cheap like 3.00 and something a bag. And then be sure to clean up all the poo and keep it picked up!
You are a good mommy, it happens to the best of us, I am constantly fighting with bo and this problem. Although another suggestion made by suebgone was to give yogurt mixed with thier food it helps the digestional track. I think this will really help bo out, it seems like he has a really weak one. I mix about 1 cup of yogurt into the food a day, but this will probably vary on how much you feed.
Forgot to add , i think what you are talking about is coccidia. Hope that helps!
I am sure you guys are right it is coccidia. He now has loose stools but before the meds, no??? No blood etc. had I not seen the worm, I would never had known. Will wash his bedding. How bout us. He sits on us and on various carpets etc. Will Lysol kill the virus? Come to think of it I can email Lysol. Thanks you guys I appreciate the info. I still feel bad. The Vets office said a flea. Everyone in this neighborhood had a dog and the first thing they do is smell each others butts. Lord I wonder if he got it from another dog or gave it to one?? I sure hope not. Will check into the Lime. Pick up Poop every times, Use a plastic "dog" bag.
Coccidia are single celled organisms that infect the intestine. They are microscopic parasites detectable on routine fecal tests in the same way that worms are but coccidia are not worms and they are not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea which is sometimes bloody and can even be a life-threatening problem to an especially young or small pet.
Where do Coccidia Come From?
Oocysts (pronounced o'o-sists), like those shown above, are passed in stool. In the outside world, the oocysts begin to mature or “sporulate.” After they have adequately matured, they become infective to any host (dog or cat) that accidentally swallows them.
To be more precise, coccidia come from fecal-contaminated ground. They are swallowed when a pet grooms/licks the dirt off itself. In some cases, sporulated oocysts are swallowed by mice and the host is infected when it eats the mouse. Coccidia infection is especially common in young animals housed in groups (in shelters, rescue areas, kennels, etc.) This is a common parasite and is not necessarily a sign of poor husbandry.
What Happens Inside the Host?
The sporulated oocyst breaks open and releases eight sporozoites. These sporozoites each finds an intestinal cell and begins to reproduce inside it. Ultimately, the cell is so full of what are called “merozoites” that it bursts releasing the merozoites which seek out their own intestinal cells and the process begins again. It is important to note how thousands of intestinal cells can become infected and destroyed as a result of accidentally swallowing a single oocyst.
As the intestinal cells are destroyed in larger and larger numbers, intestinal function is disrupted and a bloody, watery diarrhea results. The fluid loss can be dangerously dehydrating to a very young or small pet.
How Are Coccidia Detected?
A routine fecal test is a good idea for any new puppy or kitten whether there are signs of diarrhea or not as youngsters are commonly parasitized. This sort of test is also a good idea for any patient with diarrhea. The above illustration demonstrates coccidia oocysts seen under the microscope in a fecal sample. Coccidia are microscopic and a test such as this is necessary to rule them in. It should be noted that small numbers of coccidia can be hard to detect so just because a fecal sample tests negative, this does not mean that the pet is not infected. Sometimes several fecal tests are performed, especially in a young pet with a refractory diarrhea; parasites may not be evident until later in the course of the condition.
How is Coccidiosis Treated?
We do not have any medicine that will kill coccidia; only the patient’s immune system can do that. But we can give medicines called “coccidiostats” which can inhibit coccidial reproduction. Once the numbers stop expanding, it is easier for the patient’s immune system to “catch up” and wipe the infection out. This also means, though, that the time it takes to clear the infection depends on how many coccidia organisms there are to start with and how strong the patient’s immune system is. A typical treatment course lasts about a week or two but it is important to realize that the medication should be given until the diarrhea resolves plus an extra couple of days. Medication should be given for at least five days total. Sometimes courses as long as a month are needed.
The use of sulfa drugs in pregnancy can cause birth defects. Sulfa drug use can also lead to false positive test results for urine glucose.
Can People or Other Pets Become Infected?
While there are species of coccidia that can infect people (Toxoplasma and Cryptosporidium, for example), the Isospora species of dogs and cats are not infective to people. Other pets may become infected from exposure to infected fecal matter but it is important to note that this is usually an infection of the young (i.e. the immature immune system tends to let the coccidia infection reach large numbers where the mature immune system probably will not.) In most cases, the infected new puppy or kitten does not infect the resident adult animal.
Mar Vista Animal Medical Center 3850 Grand View Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 391-6741 Fax: (310) 391-6744
Hey Normap! I second everything Wiley has been saying. Ev had tapeworm last summer from eating a bunny I suspect. Huskies are hunters, we usually take away his 'kills', but we must have missed one. Just this morning I took away a rat that he had killed (We live near grain bins, rats love'em) Anyways, the vet gave me one pill to give him. We made sure his poop was picked up so Yukon wouldn't get it, and all was well. Ev had them bad enough that he was getting lethargic, and had lost quite a bit of weight, something that can be dangerous for a Husky since they are on the lean side anyways.
Humans can get tapeworms, though it is more common in children. You would see the little rice-like things in your poop too (sorry so graphic!). Unless you are eating dirt or sand though, I wouldn't worry!!!
OMG! I just read over my post, I sound like such a redneck! LOL! Don't mind me, I'm just gonna go whip me up a batch of opossom stew!! LOL!!
Oh yeah, almost forgot. If you are giving him a once-a-month heartworm preventative, most of the brands I know about also kill hookworms, and roundworms, sometime whipworms. You'll just have to check with the brand you use. I worm my pups as part of our regular program, including Frontline Plus. Hope this helps, and give your pup a hug from me! Those wormies are not fun!
Pretty sure tapeworms are one that can be transmitted through human skin.. Like walking on contaminated grass and such. Might want to wear shoes in your yard a while. I've read before it's part of the reason that beaches are often closed to dogs.. Just make sure to protect yourself while you try to protect your dogs.
you're not a bad mom, worms happen. i used a medication called revolution which protects against heartworm, fleas, ticks & intestinal worms. Jersey has been on it for 4 years & we've never had a problem.
He had just had his first heartworm pill and we have the kind that goes year round. Maybe that will help. Thanks for all the kind words Husky, Wiley, Mafia, veryvizla, etc. He was given meds, that was one pill and 2 1/2 of a different pill the first day and 1/2 pill for 6 more days. What scares me is that I have been told he will feel better???? I don't think he even knows what feeling bad is lol. He goes like a banshee, every moment he is up! But when he stops, he stops dead and falls asleep. He will be 7 months on the 15th. Possum stew, huh?? I haven't had that, but my Dad was a hunter and I have had raccoon, deer, bear, muskrat, ground hog. (yeah I know) lots of fish. Of course this was years ago, and I couldn't tell you what it tasted like. Again, thanks for all the encouragement. I will let you all know how he is doing. n