Hello, and I am pleased to help, use of my answers are for educational purposes only.
has the racoon ever been vaccinated?
No Its only 6 -7 weeks old
okay - and the raccoon has not been exposed to other animals?
Just its mother and other baby raccoons. Mother was killed
okay - well I would recommend getting the raccoon evaluated by a vet, and then you should be evaluated for rabies.
You might need the rabies vaccination series, but that is a big IF, as you are UNLIKELY to need it.
The scratch should be evaluated for any infection and cleaned well.
I Hope this helps
they are just surface scraches.
Well that is why I said this is a big IF - and very Unlikely you have anything to be concerned about
but, you should keep the scratches cleaned out at least with soap and water.
I think the only way they can tell if the raccoon is infected is to kill it and send its head in for testing. Is that correct
No, observation actually
is another way
it does not need to be killed
but based on the fact this is a 'pet' it is unlikely to have rabies
Could it have rabies and not show any signs of being infected
How long will I need to watch it to make sure its alright.
Well that would be unlikely to have rabies
Usually a few months - sometimes up to 6 months
It would take that long for it to show up in the raccoon?
It can take that long - but given what you have said about the raccoon, unlikely it has rabies
Ok thank you.
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