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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have providedregarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Did your dog have a rabies vaccine previously.?
Okay thanks for the additional information. How late was he for his rabies vaccine or was it very close to the due date? You likely don't have anything to worry about in this situation for a couple of reasons. One is rabies is typically in the saliva of infected dogs, so it is most likely spread through a bite wound. Since your son was scratched then that is a uncommon way for it to be spread. Also if the due date for the rabies was very close most dogs have an immunity beyond one year. Also if your dog hasn't been bitten by a rabies suspect animal then the chance of infection is low as well
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