You may not control who or what comes into your compound. Depending on how you discard your food remains or the place your pet feeds, you may attract some visitors. Raccoons are such unwelcome guests who can prey on your dog’s food.
A healthy raccoon may not be quick to stir up a fight with your dog when they meet. Nevertheless, the raccoons do have an active adrenaline gland that will dictate their actions.
Whenever your dog tries chasing them off, depending on the adrenaline’s dictate, the raccoon may flee or fight back. In most cases, the second option is the best, and the raccoon will accomplish it correctly.
Whether or not a fight ensues between the two animals, one may still have some concerns to address. The chiefest of these is the fact that raccoons may transmit infectious diseases. This article will address this issue, plus how to keep your pets safe from such guests.
Do Raccoons Pose Any Danger to Pooches?
We need to score that while fights between raccoons and dogs are uncommon, they occur. They do not happen without reason. Dogs are territorial and will always protect themselves and their human family from any intruder. At the same time, no raccoon will come into your compound with the sole intent of fighting your pet.
Raccoons are likely to stir fights when they feel cornered or in an attempt to keep their young ones safe. Otherwise, the raccoon will only be your guest as he seeks to get some food. With this underscored, it is essential to note that no dog owner may want to be a witness in the event of a fight.
Raccoons have sharp-edged claws and teeth, which are their primary defense weapons. Their reflexes are also top-notch; hence tricky for a dog to keep up with it. In case of a fight, they will attempt to impair your dog visually by scratching his eyes. If it strikes the dog’s belly, it may disembowel him. An attack on the chest region may cause it to puncture the dog’s lungs, hence a collapse.
Some raccoons can lure a dog into the water when they sense they are in a fix. Once the dog follows on, it gets onto his back, shoves him underwater.
How to Stop the Fight
With such a fight going on, you dare not approach it unarmed. Remember that both animals are in a fight mode, and they may attack you too. The principal thing is to always be on your dog’s side. For this reason, do not pull your canine from the raccoon.
The best option is to use a shovel or a rake to chase the raccoon from your property. In some cases, you may need to pull back the raccoon from your dog. In such an event, you need to put on protective attire not to get stricken or bitten.
Infectious Diseases from Raccoons
When a fight ensues between a raccoon and a dog, physical injuries might be there. Even so, when the two animals encounter each other, other diseases may arise.
Raccoons predominantly pass on roundworms through their feces. The roundworms contained in its feces can cause contamination even after long periods. If your dog drinks water from points contaminated with these feces, he may get roundworms.
While roundworms in adult canines are treatable, they can be fatal to puppies.
Dogs are more susceptible to leptospirosis, a disease transmitted through the raccoon’s urine. Why so? Dogs tend to drink water from various surfaces, some of which might contain raccoon urine. This disease can result in severe illness or even death.
It may cause influenza-like symptoms, aching muscles, or problems to the liver and kidney.
Raccoons have rabies. A bite or scratch may make one susceptible to it. Paralysis, hydrophobia, and seizure are some signs to watch out for in case of infection.
When to Visit a Vet
Whenever you fear that your dog has had an encounter with a raccoon, it will be wise to visit a vet. He will assess the dog, and if you did not update his vaccinations, the vet would administer them.
How to Ensure Your Dog’s Safety
The best security measure one can adopt is to keep raccoons off his property. How can you attain this? The initial step is to keep all food away. While you discard litter, you can start by locking up the bin. The main reason raccoons will come to your property is the food search.
If your pet eats outside the house, ensure that you clear the place immediately after him to keep prey away. You can further have your pet hole safe to stay unwanted guests.
While it is good to give your pet some freedom to roam about the compound, let it be under your watch. You will thus be able to monitor his movements closely and prevent him from getting into harm’s way.
If possible, you can invest in an electric fence. With the traditional barriers, raccoons can jump over them or create their entry points. You can also monitor and ensure that all the water that your dog drinks are safe and clean.
Dogs do not fear raccoons. For this reason, they will try to chase them away if they invade their space. Raccoons will naturally run away from dogs. However, if cornered, they may attack as a defense mechanism. At the same time, with such contact, your canine might get sick.
You can avert all these by taking measures that will keep raccoons off your property. If you are uncertain about the level of contact, you can talk to your vet about it. He will advise you on what to do.