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    Yesterday, I was bitten by an old brown lab accompanying 4 section hikers near the Byrd Nest #3 shelter. This dog was on a short leash but it still managed to bite my hand as I was talking with the hikers. I'm sharing this to encourage everyone to be extra careful around dogs on the AT since they're likely stressed and aroused in the close quarters on the trail. If bitten, it's very important to get the dog's latest rabies vaccination info from their rabies tag. The Park Rangers obtained this info for me which my doctor asked about. Fortunately, the dog recently received their rabies vaccine but I still had to get a tetanus shot. I love to see dogs on the AT and I'll be more careful in the future.

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    Sorry to hear about your bite. Glad you're not being a dog "drama queen" about it. I've had dogs nip/bite my hands, usually when putting 'em in their faces. My bad. Still, extremely rare.
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    I'm just amazed they had their dog on a leash.
    Hope he didn't' get you too bad.
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    Sorry to hear.
    It would be beyond unusual for a leashed pet to have contagious rabies. They become contagious shedding the virus in the final stages, a few days (2-3) from death. The 10 day observation window is waaayy conservative on purpose. By the time it appears in saliva, even an untrained fool would know there was something seriously wrong with the dog.

    Not saying you didnt do right thing, you certainly did , just that it really shouldnt be anything to worry much about. If it happens dont freak out.
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    You gotta wash your hands after eating 2 lbs of Jacks Links before nearing old brown dogs.

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