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I am kind of paranoid for the past two months about rabies

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I am kind of paranoid for the past two months about rabies after researching it and on question is we have a dog who IS current on all vaccines sometimes at night my wife lets him out we dont have a fence so he roams the neighborhood we.have.alot of stray cats so can my dog pick up the virus on his paws toe nails or mouth or teeth or nose.and infect my family or am I just over analyzin things ...please help
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 years ago.

Greetings Juan.

Your description does not indicate that you are at a risk of Rabies (especially with the up to date vaccination of the dog). If there was no injury / bite by the stray cats, chance of rabies is zero. If there was a bite by the cat, your veterinary doctor may consider a booster vaccine. In United States, canine rabies is eradicated. Please see this CDC article;

Internet resources are many times unauthentic and they can play in mind and cause unnecessary anxiety. You can decrease your anxiety by preventing the roaming of your dog free in the surrounding vicinity.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Even if scratched me in my inner lip two days ago?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 years ago.
Yes Juan. Your dog, does not have Rabies virus, so that is not the risk. If you are feeling any irritation or infection in the inner lip you may do Betadine gargles and consult your doctor, if you need a course of antibiotic.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So Ive been worrying myself for nothing lol?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 years ago.
Yes, Juan, there is nothing worrisome. Please do not loose sleep over it.