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... 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...
* if the OP had taken her dog to the vet THE NEXT DAY, superficial punctures or scratches would still have been visible.
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.

* FYI:
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.

more info:
New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found -- And Spreading





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