E.Coli is a type of bacteria and is most commonly found in puppies but can be found in older dogs. This bacteria generally resides in your dog’s lower intestine. (A disease caused by E. Coli is called Colibacillosis.)
The E. Coli bacteria is generally considered “benign” or not harmful. However, in some puppies and in other dogs, it can be harmful and your dog can get the disease mentioned above.
This bacteria can be passed down from mom to pup. For instance, if the mom is infected she can pass it to her puppies while being pregnant. The mom can also pass it through nursing her puppies with inflamed mammary glands. In this case, if the puppy is getting breast milk irregularly, the puppy will not get the sufficient nutrients he needs to protect him from certain diseases and infections. This predisposes the puppies to getting the bacteria which would, in fact, result in a disease.
If this disease goes untreated, it can form a type of blood poisoning because the bacteria actually spreads throughout your dog’s bloodstream.
Here are a list of some common symptoms linked with this disease:
- Lack of apetitie
A regular pet exam will help prevent such bacteria and disease. A simple blood test and urine and/or fecal sample will show if your dog has the bacteria or disease. If so, it is treatable!
Getting a regular pet exam is so important to your pet’s health! These simple tests show all kinds of things and signs of other things, saving you time and money later. Be assured of your pet’s health and get him or her an exam!
Love, Day and Evening Pet Hospital Vets and Staff