Just like all wildlife around the Memphis area, coyotes carry a variety of parasites and diseases,
including ticks, fleas, intestinal worms and even heartworms. They may also
be infected with canine distemper, parvovirus and mange. So not only will a coyote kill and eat your small dogs and cats, but they can also transmit these diseases to your pets, which is yet another reason you don't want coyotes around your property.
While coyotes can carry rabies, they do not carry the same strain that raccoons carry. Rabies can be spread through bites and scratches. If you do see a coyote or any wild animal showing uncontrollable salivation, tremors, or odd behavior such as hallucinations, keep away from the animal and contact a wildlife professional immediately. As the virus attacks the central nervous system, the animal may eventually experience paralysis. If you or your pets are scratched or bitten by a potentially rabid coyote, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Rabies is only transmitted through saliva, but dogs that eat coyote or fox feces containing parasite eggs can develop a severe infection called alveolar echinococcosis, or AE. If left untreated, AE can be fatal to dogs.