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Old 11-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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possum murder

so bonnie caught a possum tonight and shook it thoroughly. lady decided she wanted in so they played tug of war with it. i managed to get them away but bonnie went back and shook it a few more times for good measure.

now i checked both dogs for cuts and bites, none appear to be present.

lady is up to date on her shots,

but i dont know whens the last time bonnie was updated on her shots.
her owner is hiking the Appalachian trail at the moment so contacting him isnt that easy.

what is the proper procedure for post possum attacks?
do i need to take them to the vet asap?
theyre not bleeding and i cant imagine this is uncommon among dogs,
so how much danger (if any) could they be in from catching a possum and shaking it to death?


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Old 11-27-2012, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually it is very very rare for opossums to carry rabies. Their body temp is too low to harbor the disease. I don't think you need to worry about that. But usually rabies boosters are given if they receive a bite.


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Any mammal can carry rabies, but opossums are less likely than some other wildlife to be infected with it.

Do the dogs have any scratches or bites? If so, a trip to the vet wouldn't be a bad idea to get any wounds clipped and cleaned and possibly a course of antibiotics if they are deep enough. But if not, I wouldn't worry too much
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no scratches or bites. thanks !
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I guess my (Gus) experience I thought of as reading this, my past Dobe Gus killed a posssum in the yard 2 weeks after diagnosed with Wobblers, was completely down, thru acupuncture, was back on his feet. This was his trophy day for us!
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