I think much depends on just how cracked your skin was. If it were so raw in portions as to be verging on behaving like a mucuous membrane, I'd be worried some of the dog's saliva got into a crack.
I suggest the safe approach (considering the deadly consequences of underestimating things), would be to report the incident to the authorities and consult a doctor as to what you ought to do if the authorities can not find and determine the dog's rabies innoculation status.
Hi and sorry this happened to you. You should go the Emergency room or Urgent care as soon as possible. If the dogs saliva got into any wound or bite or any open skin) you are at risk if the dog had rabies. Also, if you get it in your eyes, nose or mouth. Since you don't know whether they were vaccinated it is best to get the vaccination. I don't see how you can't get it. In the U.S. It is less likely however not impossible. It depends on the dog and whether they bit a stray animal. There is no way to know until it is too late for you.
You need to get it now. I don't it is too late.
I went to urgent care and the doctor said my skin wasn't broken so I'm not at risk. However, he only glanced over my hand so I don't think his analysis was all that accurate.
Also, my primary doctor's office is closed until Monday, so realistically I'll be getting the vaccine on Tuesday. I really hope it's still effective that late after getting bit.
Here is some guidelines from the CDC. If you feel there was no open skin at all you are okay. It is up to you if you don't think any saliva got in the cracked skin or in a bite. If the cracked skin wasn't open then you may be okay. I think I would get a second opinion. I'm not sure if the cracked skin was open enough for the saliva to get in. Did you ask the doctor about that?
I'll be seeing my primary doc tomorrow.
Also, I told him (urgent care doc) about my dry skin and he still said that there were no breaks in my skin.
Good to get a second opinion on this. He won't be able to see as much since the wound would be older. It would have been good to have had a photo of it. But the opinion may help put closure on it.
Went to doctor yesterday, only got a tetanus shot. My dr. didn't consider rabies being probable even without knowing the animal's history.
Well, I am not sure why not. Maybe because it is so prevalent in the U.S. in dogs but dogs on the loose can bite other animals that have it. I happen to know that there are wild animals here that have it. But it isn't that high as in other countries. Since it doesn't sound like the dog broke the skin that is the key issue here anyway. Then I would base your decision on that.