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Mon May 25, 2020, 09:03 PM

Ticks on a wild racoon.

Not quite a pet topic.

The racoon visits on a daily basis. Has 3 engorged ticks on her.

Any thoughts?

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Reply Ticks on a wild racoon. (Original post)
3Hotdogs May 25 OP
GemDigger May 25 #1
Sancho May 25 #2
safeinOhio May 25 #3
cyclonefence May 25 #4
konarktriv7 May 26 #5
marble falls May 26 #6
3Hotdogs May 26 #7
Rhiannon12866 May 26 #8

Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 09:12 PM

1. is it friendly?

Enough that you can get close to it? If so, call a vet and find out if the tick stuff for dogs would be ok for a raccoon. The one that you put a few drops on the back of the neck kind.

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Mon May 25, 2020, 09:17 PM

2. Raccoons carry rabies...leave it alone...

you can ask a vet or something, but they put out baits with rabies vaccine here.

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Mon May 25, 2020, 09:32 PM

3. Never approach a wild racoon.

Sound like grape ticks. Not a serious problem.

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Mon May 25, 2020, 10:20 PM

4. Buy a package of Tick Tubes

and put them in the bushes around where you're seeing the raccoon. It won't help the ones already on it but it will help kill the next generation of ticks. Tick Tubes really work--look online.

And don't try to do anything to the raccoon. You'll get bit for sure.

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Response to konarktriv7 (Reply #5)

Tue May 26, 2020, 07:39 AM

6. I know of several families that have had orphaned raccoons. They were hand raised ...

and loved. It never turned out well. They go 'wild'. Someone gets bitten, a house gets trashed and the animal goes back outside. The problem is now they have no fear and return and do more outrage.

Making pets of wild animals is not good. Our culture needs to realize: animals are life not lifestyle accessories.

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Tue May 26, 2020, 08:02 AM

7. Luckily, she has no intention of trying to domesticate... just wants to get rid of its ticks.

I guess that ain't gonna happen.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Tue May 26, 2020, 11:45 PM

8. If there's a wildlife service in your area, I'd contact them

I know that the veterinary clinic where I have taken my dogs also treats wildlife. I was there one time with my dog when the wildlife service came to pick up some rescued baby squirrels.

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