Coccidia treatment not working?

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Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby MsMiaWallace » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:05 am

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Hello friends, so if you I’m sure some of you have dealt with coccidia before and I need some advice. My beardie had runny stool about a month ago so I took so stool in for a fecal and they found coccidia. I followed the directions and his stool started looking MUCH better. So after about 2 weeks I took another sample in for testing and the vet still found too much coccidia, I know it’s naturally found in their stool. So I do the treatment again but this time I had purchased some crickets not from PetSmart/Petco but rainbow mealworms at an expo. When I ran out however I went back to the chain stores and his poop got runny again. Now I’m 100% switched over to rainbow mealworms (they’re SO much cheaper) I’m left with a choice though. Do I bring in a third sample, which I feel still has the high level of coccidia. My only hold back is that the vet might have to try a more aggressive treatment which I worry about bc my beardie shows no other symptoms of being sick, eats like a champ, no black bearding, and no weight loss. The medicine I’ve been treating him with is Ponazuril (Marquis). The other option is to give him another treatment just without the contaminated crickets? Let me know if you have any advice the 2 week waiting period is almost up. Thanks.
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Re: Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:05 pm

The Ponazuril should be pretty effective. It's possible he is getting re-infected. It's important to keep everything very well sanitized during treatment. What is your cleaning routine? I would use either an ammonia/water mixture to sanitize surfaces or F10SC at a high concentration (maybe 1:100 - 1:200). It is important to keep anything that comes in contact with infected poop well sanitized. It might be worth one more round of treatment but if it isn't cost prohibitive, having intermittent tests done isn't a bad idea in order to check progress.
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Re: Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby MsMiaWallace » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:33 pm

I’ve been cleaning his cage after every stool with a mixture of hot water and a little bit of bleach. I’ve been using boxes for hides bc when he poops on them I can just throw them away. I took all of his ornaments out right after he was diagnosed. The fecal test would cost 50$ but I would rather follow my gut give him another round of it and then take him to the vet. I have an emergency fund for him I just feel like it’s a waste of 50$ if I know it’s going to come back as infected.
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Re: Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:06 pm

That's reasonable and I don't think another round of that medication will cause much issue. Bleach doesn't appear to be effective against coccidia though so I advise switching to an ammonia/water mixture and sanitize the same way you would with the bleach. Ammonia seems to be more effective against coccidia.
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Re: Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby MsMiaWallace » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:54 pm

CooperDragon wrote:That's reasonable and I don't think another round of that medication will cause much issue. Bleach doesn't appear to be effective against coccidia though so I advise switching to an ammonia/water mixture and sanitize the same way you would with the bleach. Ammonia seems to be more effective against coccidia.

Okay I’ll run to the store and get ammonia. I didn’t know it was more effective, I’ll start another round of treatment. My life has become very lizard poop centric so 2-3 more weeks won’t mess with anything.
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Re: Coccidia treatment not working?

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:38 pm

Lol yeah. Fortunately their poop is a good tell tale for their overall health so we've all gotten used to poop talk and poop checking becoming a routine thing =)
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