Well, I'm pretty sure he's been vaccinated twice, once as a pup and once at a year old I think.
He's now 3, and he just got bitten by a ground hog. He chased it towards the shed and then it turned around and attacked. He doesn't have any deep wounds, but he's bleeding a little bit on his side. Just scratches and maybe a bite mark.
Is there a risk of him getting rabies, and is there something the vet can do if the ground hog was infected? He's going to the vet in the morning.
I would be concerned about rabies just because its a wild animal and you never know and it depends on what vaccination he got when he was a year old, Rabvac 3 provides 3 year protection. The groundhog probably doesnt have rabies as they are normally active during the day anyway, we have tons of them around here and they also dont waste any time attacking in defense so this is typical ground hog behavior. My dad was actually attacked by a ground hog as a kid and tells the story every now and again. A coon or possum active during the day is a concern but not ground hogs. I had some at the place I used to live and they were most active right before noon. But its better to heir on the side of caution. The only thing they can do is observe, there is nothing that can be done once they get it.
LOR, there..well..I know you already know this..but their trying to find out how often vaccinations are needed as well. Its interesting. Like instead of every year every three years. I'm going to ask my vet next time I see him.
The truth is, it varies from one dog to another. There is a 3 year vaccine for dogs that is legal in some states, and illegal in others, like Alabama, which still requires annual rabies vaccinations for animals. The dog's immune system must be sufficient to keep producing antibodies. Either way, if your dog was bitten by a wild animal, and especially since he is not up to date on his rabies vaccination, assuming your state requires that the dog be vccinated annually and not every 3 years, they are probably going to want to quarantine your dog (either in your house or at their office) for 10 days.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.