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My dog just bit and killed a possum in our back yard. Our dog is in need of a rabies booster and I am now very worried. Should I take him to an emergency animal clinic tonight for a rabies shot? What should I do?
Welcome to JustAnswerI have a few questions to ask to help me answer you.First, I don't expect you need to go to the vet tonight unless your dog is injured.How long since your dog's last rabies vaccine?Did your dog suffer any injuries?Was the opossum acting strangely or seemingly ill?Thanks
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 dog pen 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.
I was wrong -- our dog was injured. I just checked him over and there is a bite on the left side, just below his neck, and there is blood -- though not much blood and not currently bleeding.
Thank you. 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 so much! 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 so appreciate your help!
You are very welcome. I'm sure your dog will be fine.