Message Number: YG4833 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-06-24 06:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ECE (raccoons)


In a message dated 6/22/01 5:36:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 03:28:57 -0000
> From: "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> Subject: Re: ECE
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., katharine <shurcool@i...> wrote:
> I know that raccoons get parvovirus, but this usually, like in dogs,
> causes a bloody diarrhea. There is no reason that they can't get a
> coronavirus or rotavirus - I'm just not up on my raccoon-specific
> diseases. I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut that they also get their
> own types of coccidia, and other parasites as well....

I have been a wildlife rehabber for 10 years and have handled hundreds of
raccoons. I agree with everything Dr. Williams has said. If the rehabber in
question did not have a vet diagnose the problem and it recurs, s/he should.
Raccoons do get coccidia and other parasites (more than I've ever seen in
other animals). It could be something easily diagnosed (stool check) and