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Coccidial infections are common in dogs and cats. Coccidia are tiny single-celled parasites that live in the wall of the intestine. They are found more often in puppies, but they can also infect older dogs and cats.

Dogs become infected by swallowing soil or other substances that contain dog feces. While the most common sign of coccidial infection are diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration, anorexia, vomiting and depression some pets show no symptoms at all.

Coccidia infections can be prevented by removing your dog’s feces regularly from your yard or other areas where they use the bathroom.

It is important to have your pets feces tested regularly for parasites. Because puppies are more susceptible they should be tested immediately. Retesting is a necessary follow up to a completed regimen as these tiny organisms can live in your environment for months.