I think he had his last three-year rabies shot in July 2005. :(
No injuries that I can see.
Our dogs have a 21 x 42 foot dog run/pen and so are rarely exposed to other animals. I was not aware that the possum was in the dogpen until I went out to bring my dogs in (they were out for the last time this evening -- only about five minutes or so -- and when i went out to bring them in, the shepherd would not come in and I saw that he was standing over the dead possum. My husband shoveled the possum up and said he had been recently killed.
So, I can't comment on the opossum's behavior.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I just cleaned the wound and it turns out that the blood must have been from the opposum -- the blood was on my dog's hair, but there is no puncture/wound in his skin.
I did bag the opposum and it is very cold here in Michigan -- temps in the 30s -- so I will leave it outside tonight, protected, so other animals can't get to it -- and bring it to the vet tomorrow.
I will also bring my dog in for a rabies booster tomorrow. So, no need to race to the emergency room tonight, then?
Thank you sooooo much Dr. Lajos! You have really put my mind at ease -- I'll be able to sleep better tonight and will take my dog in first thing in the morning!
I've already accepted your answer so you should be getting paid -- I so appreciate your help!