Question by  Terry79 (15)

Will rabid raccoons attack pets?

I am worried about my pets being attacked by a wild raccoon.


Answer by  anne (336)

If you are in area with a lot of wildlife, you should not keep your pets outdoors at night. A raccoon, even rabid, is unlikely to attack your pets during daytime but come night, your pets are risk. Also be sure to keep your pets' vaccinations up to date and contact your local wildlife office to check on raccoons' activity.


Answer by  John (9008)

A rabid animal, regardless of breed, will attack any living thing. The disease causes extreme agression in its latter stages. Thus, a rabid raccoon will attack a pet--or a human being, for that matter. This is one reason why rabies vaccinations are required for all pets; if your pets are vaccinated, they cannot catch this deadly disease.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Rabid animals of any species will attack any animal they see as a threat, attempting to infringe on their territory or resources. They may even attack humans. However, raccoons may attack dogs simply out of fear of being hunted, not just rabid ones.

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