How to Tell If a Raccoon Has Rabies

Behavioral Changes

At least one person in the world dies every day as a result of rabies. This lethal viral disease is carried by skunks, bats, and raccoons. However, raccoons are one of the most widespread carriers of this disease in the U.S. Petting or feeding a rabid raccoon may put you and your entire family at risk of contracting the deadly disease.

The more worrying thing is that rabies can’t be diagnosed in raccoons unless the raccoon’s brain is carefully examined. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a potentially rabid raccoon can save you from contracting rabies. Here are some signals that indicate a raccoon has rabies.

Behavioral Changes

Raccoons usually contract rabies when they are exposed to the saliva of an already infected animal. Once the virus gets into the body of the raccoon, it attacks the central nervous system before it spreads to the other parts of the brain and the saliva glands.

The virus also affects motor, cognitive, and other body functions. Behavioral change is one of earliest signs of rabies in raccoons. Acting in a way that is contrary to the norm is an indication of rabies. These changes include being too aggressive with livestock, dogs, cats, and other animals. Sometimes, the raccoon may also appear to be more friendly and easy to tame.

The Raccoon Looks Confused and Slow

When you notice that the raccoon is walking in circles and its movements seem to have no purpose, then it’s a clear sign that a raccoon has rabies. A healthy raccoon always stays alert and does things purposefully.

They Start Making Strange Noises

As the rabies infection in the raccoon progresses, the raccoon will start producing strange sounds. These sounds may include screeching, high-pitched peeping, and chattering. The raccoon may also produce hissing sounds, and it becomes aggressive and more defensive even when it’s not provoked.

Other Signs a Raccoon May Have Rabies

  • The animal may look partially paralyzed and walks unstably.
  • The raccoon seems “drunk.”
  • The fur on the face will appear tangled.

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