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Raccoon Diseases that Infect Dogs

March 1st, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

Raccoons are pretty cute but they can infect our dogs with some pretty nasty diseases. These include:

1/ Rabies. Rabies is caused by a virus. Animals can get this disease by contact from infected saliva, usually via a bite. If you have ever seen the t.v. show “The Walking Dead”, you will understand how terrifying this disease can be. Infected animals show neurological signs (weakness, staggering, etc) and aggression, trying to bite as a way to spread the virus. There is no cure and death is a certainty. Humans get this too and there is no cure for us either.

2/ Canine Distemper. This disease is also caused by a virus and is very contagious. Your dog does not have to be bitten to become infected. This disease can cause neurological disease (with similar signs to rabies), respiratory infections, and diarrhea. Infected raccoons often lose their fear of humans and have a discharge from their eyes and nose.

3/ Raccoon roundworm. This scary parasite can cause blindness in humans. Children are especially vulnerable. Raccoons shed worm eggs in their feces. If they live in your neighbourhood, they might be defecating in your back yard.

Your can protect your dog by ensuring it is current on vaccinations and on a parasite prevention program. Call us for more information!

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