Wildlife Rehabilitator Information Resource Parvovirus in Raccoons
Parvovirus is the nemesis of raccoon rehabilitators. The Kentucky Wildlife Center has been working closely with Dr. Colin Parrish at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and with Dr. Justin Brown at Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. It was previously believed that raccoon parvovirus was very closely related genetically and antigenically to feline panleukopenia. This assumption is very interesting from the standpoint of rehabilitators because it was also believed that raccoons were not susceptible to canine parvovirus. Recent research has identified a mutated strain of canine parvovirus in raccoons, definitively confirming that there is more than one type of parvovirus that can cause clinical disease in raccoons. Management of parvovirus in the rehabilitation setting requires a multifaceted approach.
Karen Bailey presented Parvovirus in Raccoons at the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council's International Education Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October, 2010 and in Coral Springs, Florida in November, 2011.
To view the PowerPoint presentation Click Here Topics discussed include pathophysiology of parvovirus, strains of parvovirus known to infect raccoons, vaccination protocol, and the treatment and critical care of patients with parvovirus enteritis.
Click here to view the presentation on Neonatology and Pediatrics in Orphan Raccoons.