Coonhound Paralysis

This blog talks about our experience when Goya (our 150lb English Mastiff) came down with coonhound paralysis (also called acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis).

Monday, July 10, 2006

Another dog's story

I just found another dog's story about coonhound paralysis on the web and wanted to include it here. Phoebe is smaller than Goya, had a rougher time in the beginning, but recovered fully within 7 weeks, so her story is different than ours.
Phoebe's coonhound paraylsis story.

Bonnie added the following on DEc 31, 2006:
The above link is now broken, because the author seems to have moved it into an "account only" area. The only thing non-members of can get to is at
and it says:
"Later that night, Dr. Davis called. The staff neurologist had examined Phoebe and felt there were four possible diagnoses: Coonhound Paralysis, Botulism, Tick Paralysis, or Myasthenia Gravis. Dr. Davis gave me an update on Phoebe's condition. The paralysis had extended as far as her face. Now she couldn't even blink."
I'm going to send the author email and ask her if she can make her full post accessible again for coonhound paralysis sufferers.


  • At Thu Feb 14, 10:07:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My dog, Cheyenne, was bitten by a raccoon 2 weeks ago and began to show symptoms of coonhound paralysis within 11 days, that was 4 days ago. She is 10 years old and weighs 45 lbs. Her back legs are very weak, as of today she is still able to stand briefly and walk. The vet isn't positive about the diagnosis but it appears to be coonhound paralysis. I'm hoping her case is mild and won't progress like some of the other ones I've been reading about. I encourage her to eat, it's difficult for me to get her to drink. This whole ordeal scares me so much, I feel so bad for my best buddy.

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  • At Fri Aug 15, 09:33:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My dear Minnie has just come down with this. Classic symptoms as stated online, fast decline over 4 days. She can still eat and will accept water though she doesnt want to. Her front legs are totally gone, but her back have a little movement. The vets here do not know about this affliction and want to send her off for about $1500-2000 worth of tests which may not show up anything anyway. The big diff here is that in Australia we do not have racoons. She is an inside dog who only goes out for her business. I believe it may have happened when she had her immunization (she had her parvovirus and heartworm annual injection 10 days prior) This in conjunction with the diarrhea she had on day 1 of onset. We cannot afford such treatments but are willing to round clock care for her. Hopefully she will not be down for a long time. She is an 8 yr old Labradoodle.
    Thanks for sharing your journey.


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