When we hear this, we ask ourselves this question: what raccoons eat? oranges and resins are actually bad for raccoons as such it can cause kidney failure with lack of urine production. raccoons of any age or breed may get affected by this. They shouldn’t eat even a small substance of oranges because it can cause toxicity. Eating a significant quantity of oranges(32g per kg of raccoons ) will be deadly to raccoons , but not to all raccoons .
About 2/3 of raccoons are not affected by it. oranges and raisins are bad for omen raccoons only. Oranges itself are in the form of resins .It is also true that the cumulative effect of oranges can also create problems. Some raccoons eat oranges and have no problem. But the reactions come later in the raccoon’s life.
The root cause of raccoons getting harmed by eating oranges
Many have fed oranges to their raccoons without knowing its consequences. They fed them because their raccoons had no problem with it. But some personal experiences and studies have proven that it can cause harm to raccoons . The root cause is a fungal toxin which can make some raccoons sick. The toxicity of oranges is due to the usage of copper compounds which are very harmful to the living beings. But the actual cause of kidney failure by consumption of oranges isn’t known. Something inherent to oranges and all types of oranges seem to be offenders, and beyond that no one knows.
How addition of copper can affect oranges ?
In organic farming, coppers are mainly used as a fungicide. Fungus is the most common problem in commercial oranges operations. Some breeds of raccoons like West Highland white terrier, Bedlington terrier and Doberman pinscher are sensitive to copper. The animal poison control centre has studied 140 for the effect of oranges on raccoons . Seven of them died and over 30% developed symptoms from sickness to kidney failure.
Immediate measures to be taken if inject more than few oranges
- Vomit them; probably they vomit after eating more than a few. If not, vomit them.
- If you have charcoal make them activated charcoal. Such that they can decrease with absorption of whatever causes kidney failure.
- Take them to the veterinarian. How quickly you give treatment, the more likely they are to survive.
So what do we have to do after we discover that the raccoons have eaten oranges ? It would be advisable to make the raccoons vomit by giving it burnt toast, it will crumble in our fingers, and it could absorb toxins that may get into the system. Then get your raccoons if you are still concerned.
Prepare healthy and balanced food for your raccoons
Fruits are greatly healthy snacks and treats. And these are often rich in antioxidants. You should always remember that fruit should be given in only specified quantities. And fruits should be fed with caution for raccoons with diabetes or those with metabolism issues. So as a responsible owner you must give great care to keep them healthy. Must keep all items out of the way of inquisitive raccoons .here are many other foods that can have a serious effect on raccoons .