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How many shots to you get if you got bit and no animal to test for rabies?

How many shots to you get if you got bit and no animal to test for rabies?

5: If deemed an at risk bite due to the species (ex skunk) one gets1 dose of hrig and 4 doses of rabies vaccine ted butler md. ...Read more

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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more


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Should i get a rabies shot if i got bit by a dog?

Should i get a rabies shot if i got bit by a dog?

Rabies: If it is a known dog and you know it has been immunized against rabies, then no. However, if it is a strang dog with no known history, i would speak to your doctor. Attempts should be made to identify and capture the dog for testing as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My friend was bit by a raccoon while attempting to get it out of her garage. Should she get rabies shots?

Raccoon bite: Raccoons can carry rabies, and it would be prudent for the person bitten to seek care at the county health department for rabies prevention ( injections). ...Read more

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Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Yes: Bats are high risk for rabies. Rabies coverage is recommended. Check the cdc.gov website. All the best. ...Read more

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My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

Depends: Did you provoke the cat? If so, and the area of your town/city has no known rabid animals over the past year, then it's unlikely. However, get the cat to the vet for his vaccine; the cat may need to be quarantined for a few days, to ensure it doesn't have rabies- though inconvenient, it is more humane than cat euthanasia followed by brain biopsies to check for rabies. ...Read more

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I was bit by a lil stray cat 8 months ago(no visible blood at the wound), couldnt take rabies shot then, can i take them now? culd i still get rabies?

I was bit by a lil stray cat 8 months ago(no visible blood at the wound), couldnt take rabies shot then, can i take them now? culd i still get rabies?

Fortunately: you are well beyond the infectious period from an animal bite you received 8 months ago. Rabies immune globulin after bite exposure is very rarely given after 3 months. It sounds like what you should consider is the 4 dose series of rabies vaccine to help prevent rabies should you unfortunately be bitten again by an infected animal. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Got bit by doberman. Should I get anti tetanus, anti rabies shots?

Probably neither: If your tetanus shot is current, i.e., last booster within 5 years, another shot may not be needed. Domestic dogs are generally not considered rabid. ...Read more

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I was bit by a (2 month old)stray cat 8 months ago(in India), couldnt take rabies shot then, can i take them now? could i still get rabies?

Take the vaccine now: The incubation period averages 1 to 2 mo but may be >1 yr. May still be worthwhile giving the vaccine even though quite late. Chances are the cat was not rabid but never delay vaccines when indicated. And if in doubt always consult a local doctor or your own in the US. Good luck! ...Read more