||Common illnesses and diseases that affect puppies:
- Coccidia - Almost every breeder who has 1 or 10 litters a year ends up having coccidia and
I have had it in my kennel as well. I now believe I have come up with a solution to keep the
puppies from having coccidia. I mix 30cc of Corid (9% oral solution) and one cup of sugar with
enough water to fill a gallon plastic milk carton. Shake it well and that is all the puppies get
to drink from the time they are 3 weeks old. I have had no incidence of coccidia since I have
been using the Corid water. Corid can be purchased by the gallon at a livestock feed store or
through the catalog at KY vet supply.
- Clostridium and Campylobacter - Sometimes 1 or more puppies in a litter stop eating,
their stool may be loose with a little blood and they may be lethargic. Some of the same
signs of parvo but to a lesser degree. If you are sure it is not parvo then you should have
the puppy stool sample checked for clostridium and campylobacter. But it has to be checked
with a stained slide because almost all the stools are checked only by flotation and neither
of these can be detected that way. If undetected, puppies can die from them and it sometimes
is blamed on a new form of parvo. Clostridium can be treated with Erythromycine in the liquid
form and Campylobacter with metronidozole or amoxicillin. Early detection and treatment can
keep your puppies healthy.
- Metronidozole - When I was in Pennsylvania I found that if some puppies were treated more
than once with metronidozole for Giardia that they developed white tipping on their hair.
Blacks and chocolates would look like blue and red roan ponies. It would slowly appear and
sometimes effect the whole coat. In about 3 or 4 months it would disappear, especially if
they started to shed. Puppies born with miss marks, like black and tans, will not loose them.