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| | new CONTAGIOUS strain, passively spread; Southwest USA
* if the OP had taken her dog to the vet THE NEXT DAY, superficial punctures or scratches would still have been visible.
Originally Posted by Esand
... You don't know if the raccoons had rabies. (most don't)
...you don't know if your dog was injured, but she didn't appear to be,
...she's probably immune, but you're not [certain].
I mean there is no way to tell for sure.
The chance is pretty remote, but considering the downside...
Ergo, they'd know if the dog was bitten / scratched. // It's been too long, now.
* a titre would reveal the dog's status re their current immune response to rabies virus.
* even without a titre, BOMK any pet-mammal who was possibly exposed to injury from a rabies-vector species should be / can be given a booster promptly, to help ensure they do not become symptomatic.
Raccoons, cats, bats, skunks, & foxes are ALL considered to be rabies-vector species in the USA.
there is a new strain of rabies, 1st seen / identified in Arizona / New Mexico around 2001, IIRC;
it is CONTAGIOUS & was 1st observed apparently passing from one skunk to another via aerosolized virus [sneezes, etc] - no BITE or SCRATCH is required to break skin & transmit the virus. It can be passed in simple social encounters, the way flu or colds spread among humans.
It's a re-adapted bat-strain, & it's being transmitted passively between / among skunks & foxes, so far. // Sooner or later, it will be in cats, particularly feral, & 'coons.
New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found -- And Spreading
Last edited by leashedForLife; 09-02-2017 at 06:36 PM.