Coon Hound Paralysis
I am looking for information on a disease called coon
hound paralysis; the infecting organism, mode of transmission, treatment,
Coon hound paralysis is caused by inflammation of the peripheral nerve
roots. SInce these serve the legs, paralysis is generally seen. Usually
it starts with weakness and progresses quite rapidly, peaks after about 10
days and then the dogs improve over the next weeks. Often there is a
history of a bite by a raccoon 7-14 days before the signs started, but not
always. It has also been reported in cats.
The signs and type of inflammation in coon hound paralysis are very like
Guillain-Barre syndrome in people. In humans, this paralytic disease may
develop after some bacterial and viral infections or sometimes after
vaccinations or surgery. Humans also usually gradually improve over time.
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Update: June 2012