Canine Protozoal Infections
Protozoal infections are disorders caused by a variety of different organisms affecting multiple systems, causing a variety of many different signs and diseases.
General Causes of Protozoal Infections in Dogs
What to Watch For
Due to the many different organisms with a variety of effects on the individual, multiple signs are seen, depending on the particular organism.
Diagnosis of Protozoal Infection in Dogs
Baseline tests include a complete blood count (CBC), biochemical profile and urinalysis. Changes are variable, depending on the organ system(s) involved. Additional tests include:
Treatment of Canine Protozoal Infections
Depending on the specific protozoan organism, therapeutic recommendations will vary. Intensive supportive care may be indicated in some cases, such as fluids and blood transfusions. Depending on the protozoa, specific antibiotics and specific deworming agents may be necessary.
Home Care and Prevention
Administer all medication as directed by your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian at once if your pet is not responding to therapy and/or getting worse. Return for follow up examination and testing as recommended by your veterinarian.
Prohibiting exposure to infected individuals can help prevent infection. Sanitation is important and avoiding contact with the intermediate host is important in prevention.