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Raccoons On Long Island
We have included this page because within this past year, we have had numerous families and patients come into contact with sick or injured raccoons on their properties. Raccoons are a native part of Long Island's environment, but can become a nuisance when they decide to move in to a residence where they're not welcomed.
It Is Illegal To Trap, Capture, Transport, Release, Or Handle Raccoons in any way without special permits and certifications. It is even illegal for veterinary hospitals to provide medical treatment to raccoons, or accept raccoons for in-patient or out-patient care, unless that veterinary hospital has a special permit to do so. The same is true for wildlife rehabilitation volunteers.
The illnesses that most concern people, and pets, in regards to raccoons are Rabies, Canine Distemper, Intestinal Roundworms, Fleas, and the general unsanitary mess many raccoons can leave behind after going through trash or eating at feline feeding stations.
The only advice we are permitted to provide to you regarding a raccoon on your property is to contact a professional wildlife removal service. Looking in a phone book, or a quick internet search, should provide you with several options to contact regarding a nuisance or injured raccoon on your property. There will likely be fees associated with this service, but they will be a small price to pay for safeguarding the well-being of your family and special companions.
If you see a raccoon on your property, and it does not seem to be "moving on" appropriately, Do Not Let Your Pets Out To "Scare" Away The Raccoon!! This has resulted in more than one of our patients getting injured as a result of an orary or sick raccoon that would rather confront and fight a pet than run from one. If your pet does need to go outside to relieve themselves, keep that pet on a leash or otherwise restrain them to prevent them from harassing the raccoon.
Should a person be bit by a raccoon, you will need to contact the New York State Department Of Health and Public Safety Right Away! Do not dispose of the raccoon should it be deceased, and try to keep tabs on where it goes (do NOT attempt to contain or otherwise come in contact with the raccoon yourself) to report the information to the Department of Health. They will want to trap and collect the raccoon for disease testing.
If a pet comes into contact with a living, or deceased, raccoon, and is injured as a result, you will need to contact the Suffolk County Public Health Protection Animal Health Department at 631-852-5900. Again, they will likely want to collect the raccoon for disease testing. This is why it is so very important, especially for dogs, to be kept up-to-date on their Rabies and Canine Distemper vaccines. In 2014 we had a canine patient get into a fight and receive injury from a raccoon that tested positive for Canine Distemper! Luckily, the patient's vaccines were up-to-date, so there was no concern with the dog possibly being infected with distemper and becoming sick themselves.
To report a deceased raccoon, or any deceased animal, found on the roadside, call your specific Town's Highway Department. They are responsible for the removal of deceased animals from the roadside.
Do not hesitate to contact the Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center at 631-696-2400 if you have any questions, or if your pet requires medical care due to injury from wildlife! Wildlife fights are considered Same Day Urgent Care, so be aware that additional fees will apply in regards to receiving immediate medical attention for your pet.
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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.