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Will raccoons hurt my 8 pound dog?

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Will raccoons hurt my 8 pound dog?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Vet Tech Amy replied 10 years ago.

Though the presence of people and domestic dogs can scare away raccoons, they can hurt your dog. Some raccoons will attack dogs without provocation and cause serious injuries. An 8 pound dog is not much of a match for a raccoon. Raccoons can also carry Rabies which can be contracted by dogs. Keep in mind that Raccoons are typically nocturnal so do not let your dog outside unattended if you have seen them in your neighborhood. Additionally, cal your local animal control if you see any Raccoons out during the day or that show any signs of illness or aggression.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need additional information.

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