WHAT IS COCCIDIA?
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 are not susceptible to de-worming medications. They are also not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea that is sometimes bloody and can be a life-threatening problem to an especially young or small pet.
WHERE DO COCCIDIA COME FROM?
Oocysts are passed in stool. In the outside world, the oocysts begin to mature. 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 at this stage called merozoites that it bursts, releasing the merozoites that 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 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 and is recommended at least once a year for healthy dogs and cats as a screening test. 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 COCCIDIA TREATED?
Kocci Freeis a natural organic herbal remedy that may help your pet overcome giardia (aka giardiasis), coccidosis, also known as coccidia or cocci. This natural Kocci Free remedy helps eliminate coccidia and giardia protozoan in puppies, dogs, kittens, birds, horses, ferrets, racoons, pigs, and other animals.
Kocci Free contains organic anti-microbial and anti-parasitic herbs: Olive leaf, mustard seed, black seed, pau d'arco, cloves, grapefruit seed extract, alcohol and distilled water.
CAN PEOPLE OR OTHER PETS BECOME INFECTED?
While there are species of coccidia that can infect people, 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 whereas the mature immune system probably will not.) In most cases, the infected new puppy or kitten does not infect the resident adult animal.
Kocci Free has a 4-year shelf life.
Many of our customers tried numerous rounds of Albon, Flagyl and/or vet IV's, but when treatment stopped the coccidia or giardia returned. The 10-day Kocci Free remedy worked for these peoples' pets.