dog as rabies vector?
July 20, 2013 9:28 AM Subscribe
I was walking my dog off leash in a wooded area about an hour ago. From about 100 yards away I saw her playing with and nosing something I assumed to be a dead animal. Yelling "drop it," I headed over to her. She finally dropped it and i saw it indeed was a squirrel -- but not dead, just really sick. The squirrel lay on its side panting heavily while my dog now watched it curiously. My dog could never have caught a healthy squirrel in this woods filled with squirrel-escape-trees, and so I am very sure my dog was playing with an already-sick squirrel that she found lying on the ground.
posted by third rail to Pets & Animals (4 answers total)
Question: Although my dog is vaccinated against rabies I am now worried that some rabies virus could transfer from the dog's mouth to my kids when the dog licks them, gets in their faces, and does the typical stuff a family pet will do. I called the vet to inquire about this risk and they referred me to call the city's animal management/shelter line. And animal management told me to call the vet. Then the vet's secretary read me a standard protocol about how to deal with an animal that might have rabies. But my question is NOT will my dog get rabies (she's vaccinated). My question is can she transfer the rabies virus to people after playing with a sick animal. (THe vet did say that squirrels hardly ever have rabies, because they just die after getting bit by a rabid animal, but what if this squirrel had just been attacked and was about to die when my dog got to it.)
Do I need to worry about this? The dog is currently being bathed.