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The Truth about Cocidia & Giardia

Coccidia are small protozoans that multiply in the intestinal tracts of dogs, cats, goats, and other animals though most commonly in kittens, puppies, kids, and young animals less than 6 months of age.

What is Coccidiosis (Coccidia)?

Most animals carry the coccidia parasite which lies dormant until the immune system is compromised.  STRESS plays a significant role in activating the dormant coccidiosis. It is not uncommon for a seemingly healthy puppy, kitten, or other animal to arrive at its new home and develop diarrhea several days later leading to a diagnosis of coccidia. Moving to a new home takes a huge toll on a small puppy or kitten.

How did my pet get Cocidiosis?

The primary signs are mild to severe diarrhea, that may contain blood and mucous. Severely affected animals may also vomit, lose their appetite, become dehydrated, lethargic and in some instances, die.

What are the symptoms of Cocidiosis?

What is Giardiasis (Giardia)?

How did my pet get Giardiasis?

What are the symptoms of Giardiasis?

Giardiasis, aka Giardia, are small protozoans that can affect nearly all warm blooded beings, humans and animals. Animals or people can be affected by consuming water that is contaminated with Giardia cysts or contact with infected feces .

Due to the environment, most animals already carry the Giardia parasite which can also lie dormant until the immune system is compromised.  Most animals domestic or wild carry Giardia in their feces and it can be spread through groundwater, dirty hooves or paws and sniffing or licking infected animals.

Blocks intestinal absorption can cause mild to severe diarrhea, that may contain blood and mucous. Causes weight loss, listlessness, dehydration and can cause scarring in the small  intestine, pancreatic insufficiency and malabsorption syndromes.

Treating Parasites

Parasites can seem daunting. The good news is that as pets age they can develop a natural immunity to the effects of many parasites they may carry, mainly Coccidia and Giardia, as long as the parasite load is not too great or the pet does not have a compromised immune system.


Your pet can carry many different types of parasites, worms and bacteria. Don’t let this cause you dismay, just remember that the most important factor in keeping a healthy pet is to put your time and effort into giving preventative care.


Be sure to feed your pet a high quality diet, give them plenty of exercise and proper socialization. A clean environment and frequent well pet checks including fecal testing, can also help your pet avoid serious complications from infestations.


Disinfecting your pets’ environment, including food and water dishes, on a regular basis is extremely important.

Traditional treatment for Coccidia or Giardia consists of administering Albon, Flayl or Marquis for 10 to 14 days. In some cases, numerous 10-14 day treatment cycles are needed.


Always consult your veterinarian with any questions or concerns or if you suspect your pet may have a parasite infestation.

The information contained within this pamphlet is solely for informational purposes, and DOES NOT replace licensed professional veterinary care. The information contained within this pamphlet or on our website is subject to interpretation and an evaluation of an animal's medical condition should be performed by a trained professional before any medical decisions are implemented. We shall not be liable to any person whatsoever for any damages, or equivalencies, or by reason of any misstatement or error, negligent or otherwise obtained in any communication from Luxe Yorkies.