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Here's common advice vets give:
"Coccidia organisms are very hardy, can survive for long periods in the soil, and are difficult to kill - most household cleaners aren't going to be effective.
Cleaning at high temperatures (ie steam cleaning and sterilization with boiling water) is the best option for utensils and toys (ie bowls, chew toys etc.). Wash bedding on the 'HOT' cycle in your washing machine with bleach.
For kennel areas, floors, concrete etc., washing thoroughly with a 10% ammonia solution is the best and most effective way to keep everything sanitary. You can also use a 1:16 solution of bleach:water. [Ammonia and bleach can be nasty stuff, so make sure you rinse everything thoroughly before introducing the dog back into an area you've treated, or giving something you've treated back to him.]
Whichever solution you choose, wash all areas thoroughly and leave to soak in for at least 20 mins before rinsing. Grassy areas or soil/dirt can be very difficult in terms of removing all traces of coccidia protozoa.
The best thing to do is to soak the area with either of the above cleaning solutions. However, these surfaces can remain contaminated for up to 2 months or more, so bear that in mind."
Apparently the common meds don't really kill the coccidia; they just limit its reproduction so it will go away slowly on its own. A dog may need to be treated a couple of times, but a healthy dog's immune system will eventually keep the coccidia under control and the dog will remain symptom-free. Puppies and dogs with weak immune systems are most at risk of having a full-blown illness from coccidia.
Steam cleaning, boiling water and ammonia solutions are your best friends for disinfecting.
I would make sure to clean and disinfect dishes everyday, and clean bedding, toys and washable surfaces with whichever of the above methods is doable, every few days during his treatment until he is symptom-free and not continuing to go through cycles of reinfection.
Definitely start now and make it a habit to pick up any poop as soon as it happens. For now, too, confine the areas where the dog goes potty to one particular place in the yard. Soil and grass are hard to disinfect, but if you keep having a problem with reinfection, you can always dig up a few inches of that area of your lawn and replace it with clean dirt and grass to keep the reinfection cycle from continuing.
Last edited by melbrod; 03-19-2019 at 03:51 AM.