Common Raccoon Diseases That Threaten the Lives of our Dogs

There are many animals out in the wild that are common threats to us and our families. There are snakes, spiders, coyotes, mountain lions, and more, depending on what region you live near. One common threat that is hardly overlooked is the wild raccoon. Although we humans are aware to steer clear of these critters when spotted, our outdoor pets are not as keen. Our domesticated dogs, in particular, are at risk to raccoon illness and disease. Continue reading to learn the two most common diseases carried by raccoons and passed onto dogs; and how to care and prevent these scenarios in the future.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a very familiar term heard often around veterinary offices. There are vaccinations available and recommended at the beginning of each new puppy’s life to protect them from this illness. The vaccination does not last forever, so it is always strangely suggested to return for a follow up visit. Canine distemper is a virus that can affect any wild animal; not just dogs. The virus is transferred and caught through bodily fluid exchanges, such as sneezing, urine, and saliva. It threatens the lives of our outdoor dogs because it can be easily contracted by a curious canine. An infected dog will appear have the same symptoms as a very severe flu or cold. Unfortunately, there is no real cure for Canine Distemper, which is why prevention is so crucial. The vet can only make the process more comfortable for the dog, once it is diagnosed.


Another common illness contracted by canines is rabies. As with canine distemper, there is no cure for rabies, and also, no way to diagnose it. The only way to determine that a dog has rabies is after death. A sample of the brain tissue can be examined to determine the cause of death. A professional vet can observe a dog’s symptoms and decide if they are exhibiting the symptoms of rabies. At that time, the dog will be quarantined and put to sleep. Be sure to have your pets vaccinated for canine distemper and rabies, especially if you live in a wooded area or have outdoor pets.

If you are experiencing high raccoon infestation near or on your Louisville, KY property, call our professional wildlife removal specialists to get rid of your raccoon threat. We are qualified and highly trained raccoon removal technicians with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We use safe and humane methods to get rid of raccoons. Visit our website at, or call us at 502-553-7622 and learn more about our raccoon removal services in Louisville, KY.