What to Do if Your Dog Gets Bit by a Raccoon


Whether the bite was done by a raccoon or another wild animal, it’s strongly recommended to take your dog to the emergency vet as soon as possible. Raccoon bites are dangerous for a variety of reasons with the most notable one being the possible transmission of rabies.

According to the Humane Society, raccoons suffer from rabies more than any other mammal in the United States. There is always a possibility of rabies transmission from a wild raccoon bite so it’s best to get your dog checked for it. This also applies to dogs that have been vaccinated. It’s super rare for a vaccinated dog to get rabies but it’s not something you can rule out 100%, especially if it has been a long time since the dog got the vaccine or a booster shot.

Aside from the risk of rabies, your dog may also get sick if an infection develops from the bitten area. Again, a trip to the vet is necessary so that the appropriate treatment can be given to the wounded area. Low-risk and small wounds may just be treated with antibacterial solution but anything more serious may require the dog to have a surgery.

Raccoon bites on dogs shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even if your dog seems fine, it’s still recommended to call the vet so you can find out if it’s necessary for an emergency trip.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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