I was fixing some things in our backyard early this evening and I noticed that the chain of the dog was entangled in our gate. I decided to remove the chain for a while to untangle it and return the dog after that.
Unfortunately, the dog jumped onto me and we had a ‘smack’ scene, that is the dog’s mouth/tongue (can’t remember, it happened so fast) touched my mouth. I then went away from the dog and had my lips dried with dry towel away from the mouth. After that I started to wash my lips with my mouth closed still with the towel washing away possible saliva that may have come in contact with my lips.
My thoughts kept on wondering on whether I should get an anti-rabies vaccination or not. I know that animal saliva that might have come in contact with the mouth could be a candidate for rabies infection. While the first things I did after the contact was a ‘preventive’ one, I can’t be sure if its already ‘safe’ or not. Our house helper told me not to be paranoid with the situation since it is not a bite but then, the thought that rabies can be transmitted without biting.
Given this, I am still wondering (and Googling) if animals (say in this case, dogs) exhibit the rabies symptoms even if they haven’t bitten their ‘victim’ like in my case, having contact with the dog’s mouth.
I think I need to get a vaccine as soon as possible. 😦