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Raccoon bite

Postby Calvinator » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:19 pm

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What are the concerns for a dog with a raccoon bite or scratch?
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby Deuce » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:41 pm

Coon dog paralysis is the first thing to come to min... Awful stuff.
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby Chadwick » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:41 am

There is a parasite on some coons that can get in the wound and keep it from healing. It's not dangerous, just annoying. The treatment is ivermectin if that occurs.
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby lanco » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:09 am

Bacterial infection is the main concern. Coon Dog Paralysis is pretty rare and there's nothing to do about it post bite anyways. Clean the wounds out well and if they are deep, draining, or particularly swollen see a vet.
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby JTracyII » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:14 am

Sorry about the bite. If you feel like sharing I'd like to hear the story.
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby Calvinator » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:30 pm

Let the dogs out to the bathroom. Heard barking near the duck pen. By the time I got a flash light and out there, Mac and Fergi were playing tug of war with a raccoon. Mac had the head and Fergi had the rear. Raccoon was nearly ripped in half.
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Re: Raccoon bite

Postby Georgia Boy » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:42 pm

That is a common occurrence for our dogs with more varmints and predators killed than I can count. Diemo did get coon hound paralysis last year but as stated there is nothing that can be done for it, some dogs recover some don't. Our normal procedure is clean the wounds and 5 days of antibiotics, if one of the little dogs takes some major damage we may do 7-10 days.
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