Re: [animalrights-177] Rabies????

From: veganvet
Sent on: Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:37 AM
Stewart,

If the dog is current on his rabies vaccine, he should be okay. Although rabies is not all that common in opossums, it can occur, but usually they die soon afterwards because they acquire it through the bite of a predator who is carrying rabies.  If there is any concern about the possibility of the opossum carrying rabies, one could try to capture the opossum and submit his/her head for testing (which would require that the opossum be killed - I'm sorry to be graphic, but that's the only way they can test for it). If the opossum didn't seem outwardly sick, then I would just leave it be and just to be safe, the dog should be kept under strict observation for at least 10 days. It also would be a good idea to have the bite wounds examined, in case antibiotics would be recommended.  I hope that answers your question.

Armaiti

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM, Stewart Solomon <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Armaiti,

One of my student's dog cornered an opossum and was bit.  The dog seems
fine and was vaccinated a year ago.  Is rabies common in opossums?  If
so, what should he do?

Thanks,

Stewart

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Armaiti May, D.V.M.
Dr. May's Veterinary House Calls
Serving dogs and cats in West LA
www.drmayvethousecalls.com
Phone: (310)[masked]
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