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Dear Sadie,
I took my girl Bella to the vet for her routine check
up. The vet said they found raccoon roundworm
in the stool. Then, a few weeks after the check
up, my vet sent me an email saying that I might
have a raccoon latrine on my property and I
should clean it up because I could get sick from
the roundworms. What could I get from raccoon
roundworms? How do I find a raccoon latrine and
how do I clean it up?

Signed, Rocky from Rougemont

Dear Rocky,

I bet your Bella has some Beagle in her, doesn €™t
she? Those Beagles will get into anything.
Raccoon roundworm infection is very bad; the
larvae travel throughout the body and may cause
serious eye disease, spinal cord or brain damage,
or death. Well the good news is that human
infection by raccoon roundworm is very rare (25
cases reported in the United States since 2003).
The bad news is you have to find the latrine and
clean it out.

Now if it were up to me I would hire that nasty job
right out. Either that or get a flame-thrower and
fry the pile because heat kills the eggs instantly.
Might just burn down the barn and the house too
so perhaps that is best left to the professionals.
But, if you are the do-it-yourself type, check out
these web sites for more information about
raccoon roundworms, how to find the latrines, and
how to clean them up.



What these articles don €™t get into is how to prevent
the critters from starting a new latrine on your
property. I €™ve got the solution for that. Get
yourself a good old redbone or black and tan
coonhound. A Plott hound will do in a pinch. Did
you know that the Plott hound is the state dog of
North Carolina? They were bred in the mountains
of Appalachia starting in the 1600 €™s, by German
immigrants named Plott who raised them to track
and tree bear. I €™ve got one that showed up in my
yard back in April if you €™re interested.