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Old 09-20-2017, 07:45 PM
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Hookworms and Coccidia...again.

I am at my wit's end with this! This is our third time with coccidia and the hookworms will.not.go.away. I am so extra careful about getting poop up, I just don't know what else to do. My dog is not kept in a nasty environment at all. I am a clean freak. I asked the vet today why the coccidia again. She seems to think the hookworms are weakening my girl's immune system. I walked out of the vet's office with 5 different medications today. I really like my vet, but I almost wonder if we should try a different wormer? I should have mentioned it today but I was worried and upset. I know hookworms can be the devil to get rid of. I am just terrified they will kill my baby. Anybody else had trouble with hookworms and what worked for you?
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:13 PM
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does the dog void directly onto the ground, at home?

using a newspaper / paper-plate / puppy-pad / other, to keep any infected stool FROM CONTACT with the ground, reduces the odds the dog will walk over larvae & be once again, infected. Discard the entire thing, barrier & feces, in a sealed bag, placed in the trash. // I'd glove-up B4 handling the soiled barrier-item; U still need to wash hands well, after, with soap & running water, & dont forget to clean under fingernails with a brush.

CNA Skill: Hand Washing

Hookworm larvae bore into the paw-pads [or human foot-soles] to enter the body.

It's also possible to be infected by ingesting the eggs - dogs lick their paws, chew grass, use their paws to hold a bone or chew-toy, etc, all possible routes of ingestion.
Dirt on vegies & salad-greens can carry the eggs, too.

Re Coccidia, did the vet Dx which species? - this info is specific to Isodora -
Coccidia (Isospora) in Cats and Dogs | drbarchas.com

NOTE in that article, that Ponazuril is thot to be more effective than Sulfadimethoxine (AlbonŽ) in eliminating Cocc. spp.

With 22 spp & 4 of those the primary cause of k9-illness, ID'ing the specific critter may be very important - one Rx might be much better than another.

LIVE STEAM can be highly-effective at killing Cocc. spp on surfaces, & on concrete or gravel, a flame-gun can be used. [Home disinfectants such as bleach won't kill Cocc.].

- terry

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