|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 12:40pm PST |
|I know, right? Good thing I didn't say, "Don't worry about it, rabies only affects dogs with irresponsible owners!"
The scenario you posted is extremely unlikely to happen. Yes, it is physically possible. If it were a common occurrence, though, all humans would be legally required to be vaccinated against rabies as well because raking leaves would be a public health hazard.
Rabies has an incubation period. I know where my dogs are and what they've been in contact with. If there is an accident and they contact a wild animal, or are out of my view for some reason and I don't know if they've contacted wild animals, I would react accordingly. If my dogs were regularly off-leash in the woods, I would be inclined to keep them vaccinated regardless, since, as I said, it's about risk analysis.
Obviously nothing is fool proof - vaccines aren't even 100% effective. That's life. But just like coughing into your elbow and washing your hands dramatically reduces your own risk of getting sick, so does paying attention to your dog (being a responsible owner) dramatically reduce your dog's risk of getting sick.
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