How to tell if a raccoon has rabies

How to tell if a raccoon has rabies

A raccoon that is rabid will act overtly aggressive towards anyone or anything it comes in contact with. It will snarl and may even approach you. Don’t get close though, because you could get seriously hurt. But that’s not the worst of it. A raccoon can have rabies and not be showing the symptoms. Which means any raccoon could, in theory, be a carrier. 

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Raccoons are the highest carriers of rabies in North America. You can get rabies by interacting with an animal that already has it, it may not even need to bite you. So what can you do to protect your family from this threat? It’s pretty easy. Don’t go near raccoons. If you have one in your attic, call a professional to handle it. If raccoons are on your property regularly there is something you can do about it. And, of course, make sure to educate your children on the dangers of these furry disease carriers. We at Raccoon Control can help you get rid of the little bandits. 

Someone dies every day from rabies. It’s a lethal virus carried by a number of species but none so completely as raccoons. For some reason, raccoons are highly susceptible to rabies and they spread it very easily through saliva. Even petting or feeding the animal could put you at risk of rabies. 

Raccoons usually get rabies from another raccoon when they exchange saliva by licking each other. Not very hygienic frankly. The virus penetrates the body and goes straight for the central nervous system. This is how the raccoon is driven crazy. 

How to tell it has rabies? It will look slow and stupid. They wander around like they have no purpose and no idea where they are. Over time it will start making weird loud noises, like screeching or hissing and stuff like that, it will also act aggressively for no reason. If you see a raccoon like this you need to get out of the area immediately.