Saturday, April 23, 2011

This Could have been bad

Telephone caller: "Hi, would it be possible to get rabies shots there?"
Me: "For humans or animals?" (I wasn't being a wise ass, really)

A while later, a woman came in who stated that she had been bitten by a skunk; well, that got my interest.

The middle-aged woman had been raking in her back yard and didn't notice the mangy, dirty skunk until it was right beside her.  At that point, she was too afraid to move and scare it into spraying her.  Unbelievably, the skunk sort of rolled on her foot; then bit it.  It wandered off and then sprayed.

Not normal skunk behavior for sure, and it occurred at 4 PM when it was still daylight. 

Fortunately, the patient was wearing a heavy boot at the time; the skunk never broke the skin, luckily for her.  She skated off without getting rabies prophylaxis after our doc got some advice from the state Board of Health.

The skunk was not found according to police.


rnraquel said...

That is freaky!

Anonymous said...

Either rabies or distemper.

randompawses said...

I got talked into taking the series of rabies injections almost 12 years ago after being bitten by a stray cat, and let me tell you that rabies shots have changed a helluva lot! They're no longer given in the abdomen, but in the arm like a flu shot. And they hurt less than a flu shot. The nurses and docs at the clinic fought over who would administer them, because none of them had ever given one before!