Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pet?

Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pet?

Absolutely yes! Your pet can get an array of terrible illness just from interacting and rubbing against a raccoon. Your pet could get rabies, or fleas or even ticks which could lead to your little friend getting Lyme disease.

On top of that, raccoons are highly aggressive and territorial, they may attack your pet, perceiving it as a threat. With their sharp claws and sharp teeth, they can cause a lot of damage to a small dog or cat. Call us if you need to remove raccoons in Toronto647-557-7932.

And it’s not just your pet who should be worried.

Lyme disease can be transmitted to humans from any animal that has ticks, and most of them do. The symptoms are Fever, chills, fatigue, headache, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. The most common sign is a rash. The last symptom is memory loss. If you catch it early you can solve the issue with antibiotics, but if left unchecked it can be fatal.

Raccoons carry a lot of pests, and some of them can be caught by your pet. fleas can drive a person mad. All a flea needs are hair or fur and warm blood to feed on. It’s important to dress in full coring clothing when going outside and to check you and your pet for ticks before leaving the park and going home. Wear pants and socks, shower as soon as you get home. You can also try wearing a tick repellent on your skin and clothing.

Raccoons are the rabies vector species, which means they are the most common carriers. Its one of the most dangerous viruses out there and is still something you can catch. How do you protect your family from this threat? Don’t go near raccoons. If you have one in your attic, call a professional to handle it. If raccoons are on your property regularly there is something you can do about it. And, of course, make sure to educate your children on the dangers of these furry disease carriers.

If your dog, or you, get scratched by a raccoon or decide to pet one, you should go to a medical clinic right away.