Coccidiosis is an infectious parasitic disease of the intestinal tract of animals caused by coccidian protozoa. This species specific disease spreads from one animal to another by contact with infected faeces. In the majority of cases diarrhoea is the primary symptom. Coccidiosis in Bearded dragons is a very common. It is commonly seen in stressed Beardies, especially in neglected and unhygienic enclosures. As with all infected animal species, coccidia invade the gastrointestinal tract and cause cellular damage, giving rise to various degrees of diarrhoea. If uncontrolled or untreated, coccidiosis can even lead to death! The two main genera involved are Eimeria spp. and Isospora spp.
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There is some controversy as to the significance of this disease as many infected individuals can be purely be carriers (called ‘coccidiasis’). Although moderate to severe infections are more related to clinical signs some dragons tend to show severe disease, even with lower oocyst numbers. In other words, not all animals with coccidia have clinical signs of disease (sub-clinical). Stress is believed to be a major contributing factor. Severely affected Bearded dragons mainly show gastrointestinal signs which includes the following:
- Partial or complete anorexia (lack of appetite)
- Weight loss & poor body condition
- Dehydration (wrinkled skin & sunken eyes)
- Weakness (lying flat)
- Lethargy or dullness (unaware of its surroundings)
- Diarrhea (abnormal or runny faeces)
- Blood tinged stool
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