Coccidiosis Infection



This is a microscopic view from a fecal float that has Coccidia (Isospora species) oocysts present.   Coccidia is host specific and can not infect other species of animals.  Clinical signs for coccidiosis is watery-to-mucoid, possibly blood tinged, diarrhea.  It is most commonly seen in puppies and kittens and it may cause weakness if chronic and/or severe.  Animals are infected via the environment that has been contaminated.  They can carry it within their intestinal tract and may not show clinical signs until stressed.  Medications are available for treatment for the animals affected.  If dehydrated, fluid treatment may also need to be given.





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