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Raccoon Roundworms (aka baylisascariasis)

April 30th 2012 1:11 pm
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Ick! Ick! our first diary entry and it has to be something like this..

We were informed by our dogtor last week that there have been six reported cases of raccoon roundworms in dogs in our little corner of the world. Four recovered but two went to the Bridge. Apparently this particular worm can be very serious for us dogs, sometimes fatal. It was because of this that the dogtor recommended we be wormed monthly, but just how many months we should do it we don't know.

We had never heard of this worm before so we went searching for info, and here's what we learned....

Dogs can become infected from coming into contact with raccoon feces, from ingestion of the eggs, or from ingestion of animal tissue that is infected with the roundworm (e.g., rabbits, birds, etc.), or from close contact with other infected animals.

It can often be treated in adult dogs, but is almost always fatal for puppies. (note: same for cats and kittens). In addition, because the worm sometimes attacks the brain and nervous system, this infection may be mistaken for rabies. If rabies is suspected, you may wish to ask your veterinarian to test for the presence of the roundworm.

There is lots of info if you query "raccoon roundworm dogs", here are a few of the sites we visited:

Ohio State University factsheet
http://ohioline.osu.edu/w-fact/pdf/0020.pdf

peteducation.com site
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2107+2255& aid=721

Petmd.com site
http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasit ic/c_dg_baylisascariasis#.T57oFauJd8M

Humans can get it too
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/diseases/raccoo n_roundworm.htm

Since we go to parks/trails where there are raccoons, mom decided better safe than sorry, she picked up meds (Strongid) from the dogtor and we had our first dose today - here's hoping everything will be ok.

Stay safe out there every fur! BOL BOL

Little Women

 
Barked by: Cathey U

April 30th 2012 at 2:22 pm

This is good info to know. So many of us have raccoon neighbors.
Barked by: Wendy G

April 30th 2012 at 3:57 pm

YIKES!!! Dose darn waccoons an' dere yucky werms an' germs an' junk :(
Fanks fur tellin' us 'bout it, wadies!
Barked by: Rudy (Dogster Member)

May 12th 2012 at 7:12 am

that sounds very scary. We don't have raccoons here, but we have lots of other types of worms, including French heartworm, so we take a pill every month!
Barked by: Princess Trudy Ann (Dogster Member)

July 28th 2012 at 12:06 pm

Oh no! Just something else for mommy to worry about; probably not so much in our neck of the woods. But we do like to travel. I'm not enjoying summer so much this year - the heat!.

 

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