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    Just in case you didn’t hear about this. I thought some of you might be interested in knowing it is transmittable from a raccoon to a dog.

    Don’t touch the animals if you see it suffering, this is where I think lines are crossed in calling PAWS, animal control. I even get confused.




    Thanks hammerhead,

    I’ve always thought raccoons were primarily nocturnal but lately have seen a large male walking through our front yard (drinking from fountain) during the day and wondered if perhaps he was ill (looked healthy to me). We feed our dogs inside and scoop the poop religiously but have a neighbor that throws stale bread out on their back porch daily bringing in all sorts of birds and unwanted critters (raccoons, rats, squirrels …). I wish people who live in the city would become more aware that they are not just feeding the birds when they throw out crumbs or don’t clean up under their bird feeders – better to develop your yard as a wild life habitat with natural sources of food and water, put the stale bread in the yardwaste…



    Feeding the raccoons has nothing to do with distemper/parvo I just want to be very clear on that it is a virus.

    I feed raccoons along with my ferals. I did rescue a dying raccoon from one of my feeding stations and it was confirmed distemper last summer.

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