Coonhound Paralysis in Dogs

Acute canine idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis (ACIP) is an acute inflammation of the nerves causing paralysis. Dogs that regularly come into contact with raccoons are at increased risk, such as hunting dogs and dogs that live in rural or wooded areas, although, this disease does not necessarily involve an encounter with a raccoon.

Symptoms usually appear 7-14 days after contact with raccoon and may include the following

Stiff gait

Generalized slow reflexes

Low muscle tone

Weakened vocal ability

Labored breathing

Decrease in muscle bulk

Facial muscle weakness

Muscular weakness progressing to paralysis in all limbs


Oversensitivity to pain stimuli

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