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I am a big fan of the cartoon, Over the Hedge and this week they have made a series of cartoons around a very real disease called coonhound paralysis, which is spread by racoons, especially from their saliva. Anyone ever heard of this? I asked a buddy who is coon hunter and been around coonhounds his whole life. He'd never heard about it.

http://www.comics.com/comics/hedge/archive/hedge-20070716.html

http://www.bobmckee.com/Client Info/Neurology/Polyradiculoneuritis.html

http://www.tailsinc.com/site/epage/30534_551.htm

http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com/dogs/coonhound_syndrome.html
 

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I've heard of it and there was a case or two in the hospital when I was in school (I think, maybe they were tick paralysis cases?).

I've never seen a case in "real life".
 

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yes i've seen 3 cases of it, in coonhounds, and 2 in terriers it comes from the coons saliva, some dogs live through it, but they are never the same afterwards, and seem to be more prown to get it a second time. It's not the same thing as tick paraylisis, but they do have some common symptoms



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The demyelination (nerve damge) that occurs in coonhound paralysis is similar to the human disease Guillain-Barre syndrome. Saw several coonhound paralysis cases while in vet school, and had one classmate miss a semester after being temporarily paralyzed by Guillain- Barre.
 

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Our vet says it is not prevalent in the IL/WI stateline area but more common in No Wi/MN. We had no-kill shelter worker refuse to allow us to adopt a dog as soon as we said we had raccoons and that the dog smell kept them away from the house!! Preceeded to tell us that the 60+ lb dogs she had, all straining to get out of the kennels, were "city dogs". Daughter was in tears when we left. Woman was subsequently taken out of the authority position at the shelter as hardly any one qualified to adopt. Oh and even though I worked with one of their volunteers and clearly stated this, she was suspicious because we 'drove so far'. Sorry, thread drift but 6 years later it is still a sore subject with me.
 

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if i remember correctly it tends to be limited to certain parts of the country.
 

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it's been a couple of years since this thread began, but I am wondering now that time has clicked on and new members are on here if anyone has more to say about CHP? I'm afraid I have another dog with it and while the dog is at the vet now, I am hoping for some more information since it's been 4 years since my last experience with it.

I lost a 12 year old terrier to it in 2005 after coonhunting in Ohio, he started showing signs of it 10 days after contact with coon. The basic rundown of CHP is the begin to show signs of stiffness, loss of coordination, which gets worse over several days and can show itself in ways such as moving very slowly/stiffly on day 1 of visible signs, progressing to the dog having a hard time/tripping while going up stairs or even falling down stairs, moving at a "running walk" like a pacer horse, can't jump on the couch or bed etc. They basicaly get paralyzed from the back end first, and the paralysis works it's way up the body to the head, and then back down to the back end, usually taking 14 days or so to work its way through the body. My old dog had 24/7 care from my husband and I, and made it through the dangerous first chest paralyzation on it's first pass over, but didn't make it through the second. I swore I would never put another affected dog through that because the horrible way he spent his last 2 weeks is not anything I would wish on anyone.

I fear I have a 10 year old terrier at the early stages of this mysterious disease/virus/illness/whatever it is called? He wandered off down a hedgerow while I was doing chores on May 29 and had it out with a coon somewhere. He came back, I doctored his scratches and bites up, he was fine for 10 days. Day 11 he went for a really long walk with my husband which is why I thought he was just sore on day 12 when he started moving slowly, almost like his back hurt). Day 13 looked like he was having a bit of trouble going up 3 stairs, and then my husband saw him fall down the last few stairs in the basement. Last night I watched him like a hawk, he was trying his hardest to keep up with the other dogs and I on our walk, but he had started that odd "running walk" gait and was panting heavily. This morning he was a bit worse, so he is at the vet now. The vets staff recommended a heartworm test which picks up Erlichia (tick disease I believe?) and that CHP is "really not anything, it is probably Erlichia" ... I explained I wasn't an expert, but that I had a crash course in CHP when my old dog died of it in another state, that I felt it was CHP, I'm not sure if she was listening. The vet will call when he sees the dog, but everything he did yesterday reminded me exactly of how my old dog had progressed and I have that horrible crushing feeling.

It is definitely not a tick thing because I have gone over him with a fine-toothed comb 3 times and not one tick was found

anyone with any thoughts or advice?
 

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Call the closest vet school and ask about seeing or at least talking to whatever specialist would deal with this. That person may know of a vet closer to you who can help. Be sure to say politely that your local vet isn't familiar with the problem. Good luck to you and your dog.

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they said the same thing my vet did, and said there was "no treatment" for it ... at least my vet prescribed cortisone and vB12 ...
 
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