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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Your Dog's Close Encounter with a Raccoon Could Be Fatal

Cute But DEADLY Predators
When we moved to a new home, we noticed a family of raccoons in the woods behind us. Simon and Alvin warned us every night. Here's my post about Simon and the raccoons.

When I wrote the post, I didn't realize how dangerous raccoons can be to small dogs.They can eviserate a small dog quickly.

This is a quote from an article entitled  Why Raccoons Are a Very Real Threat to Dogs:
Here is a raccoon's modus operandi when it attacks a dog: The raccoon attempts to scratch out the dog's eyes. The raccoon rolls the dog onto its back and attempts to eviscerate it. Raccoons bite and scratch with amazing speed and ferocity. Their bites often penetrate the chest wall, leading to collapsed lungs. They may penetrate the abdomen, leading to septic peritonitis. They also have a knack for lacerating the urethra, causing urine to accumulate underneath the skin, resulting in terrible scalding and possible secondary kidney failure.
Not a pleasant thought at all.

I'm happy to report that Rocky, Ms. Rocky, and Rocky Junior have disappeared for the winter.

We are careful not to leave garbage by the woods, and we have fenced in the back yard (although that would not stop the raccoons). At least it keeps the Boyz from trying to attack the reccoons, which clearly would not end well.

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