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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States 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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I was bit by a (2 month old)stray cat 8 months ago (in India), couldn't take rabies shot then, can I take them now? Could I still get rabies?

I was bit by a (2 month old)stray cat 8 months ago (in India), couldn't 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

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I got bitten by my 1month 20 days old puppy. Bite was on the side of my thumb, do I need to take the anti-rabies shots?

I got bitten by my 1month 20 days old puppy. Bite was on the side of my thumb, do I need to take the anti-rabies shots?

Unlikely: Make sure your tetanus is up to date and keep the area clean and take a prescribed antibiotic. Ask the breeder but it's unlikely your puppy has rabies. ...Read more

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Nick from healthy, 17 week-old household puppy without rabies vaccine 1-week ago. Sniffles today, but otherwise fine, as is puppy. In East Peru.?

Local Health Dept.: It sounds like there is minimal risk of rabies but check with the local health department for guidance on what to do in that region / community. ...Read more

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Dog got excited & nipped me when fed treat, drew blood. 2 years old and vaccinated as puppy but overdue for booster. Should I worry about rabies?

Dog got excited & nipped me when fed treat, drew blood. 2 years old and vaccinated as puppy but overdue for booster. Should I worry about rabies?

See below: Observe the dog for 10 days. If it is behaving normally and is not sick you don't need to worry about rabies. If the bite area becomes red and/or swollen see a doctor or go to er immediately because bacterial infection is a concern. ...Read more

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My 8wk old house puppy nipped at me on left arm. No broken skin, no blood just small tooth mark. Cleaned wound, etc. Rabies? Pup 2 young for shots.

My 8wk old house puppy nipped at me on left arm. No broken skin, no blood just small tooth mark. Cleaned wound, etc. Rabies? Pup 2 young for shots.

Rabies: Rabies is extremely rare nowdays in the us, especially as a result of dog bites. If there was any risk of rabies, it would be from street dogs, but it doesn't sound like your puppy is a street dog. Also, rabbit dogs would normally be expected to act accordingly. Your case doesn't allude to that. I'd not worry about rabies, but would definitely watch the wound as it is prone to infection. ...Read more

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2 months old kitten scratched me, NO BLOOD visible. Skin has now become a bit red. I took rabies vaccination ten months ago, do I need it again?

No: You get at least 2 years of ongoing protection from completing the primary rabies series. What you may have is a localized simple germ infection from the scratch. Local applications of antibiotic ointment may help but a visit to your doc may be needed if it continues to progress. ...Read more

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Could my toddler have rabies from a puppy that jumped on him and may have scratched him months ago at a local pet supply store? The puppy was normal.

Could my toddler have rabies from a puppy that jumped on him and may have scratched him months ago at a local pet supply store? The puppy was normal.

Rabies: Rabies from a pet store should not be an issue. You should discuss any signs or symptoms that are concerning you about your child with your pediatrician. Rabies would not be an issue months later. ...Read more

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My 1 month puppy has bitten me. Is there any risk of rabies. Also I had taken rabies vaccine 3 yrs ago so will it protect me from rabies.

Hard to say: You get 2 years of dependable protection from the rabies series, with less thereafter. It might be enough for a true exposure, but they advise boosters or blood test after 2 yrs for high risk workers. If the 1 mo puppy was not exposed to the possibility of a bite from an infected outside animal, I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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My puppy tooth scratch my skin and leave a tiny scar about 0.2cm in size. Do I need to get a shot again for rabies? My last shot less than 6 month ago

My puppy tooth scratch my skin and leave a tiny scar about 0.2cm in size. Do I need to get a shot again for rabies? My last shot less than 6 month ago

Is your puppy: Up to date with his immunizations? Rabies vaccine are only necessary with bites that are high risk for transmission of Rabies. A scratch on the skin by your own puppy that can be observed if at all necessary, hardly qualifies. You would not of course keep a rabid dog as a pet? Visit with a vet to secure his health and enjoy your puppy!
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Stray puppy (USA) jumped on my leg scratched/maybe bit me. I had rabies vaccine 8 months ago. Should I get it again for this encounter?

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Stray puppy (USA) jumped on my leg scratched/maybe bit me. I had rabies vaccine 8 months ago. Should I get it again for this encounter?

Nope: No worries; the vaccine lasts for several years. Besides the chances of getting rabies from a dog in the United States is very very low (there's only 2 cases per year in the entire US, and mostly from bats). ...Read more

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Is there any difference on anti-rabies for dog bites and anti rabies for puppy bites?

Is there any difference on anti-rabies for dog bites and anti rabies for puppy bites?

Yes same vaccine: Vaccination done not only for unknown dog bites (includes puppies) raccoons, bats other wild animals killed virus vaccine is the same one. Do not have to worry about pet dogs if they are vaccinated. ...Read more

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I got bit by a puppy, but I got a anti rabies shot 3 weeks ago, will I get rabies?

I got bit by a puppy, but I got a anti rabies shot 3 weeks ago, will I get rabies?

Likely safe: The protective benefit of the rabies vaccine is expected to last for at least 2 years from the time you complete the series. If your exposure is within that time frame you are likely protected. Be aware that there are several other potential germs that can cause an infection from a bite, and close monitoring is advised. ...Read more

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I have been bit by my puppy before he got his rabies shots so I had my 3 rabies shot but even after that I was bit several times, do I need to worry?

Rabies: Worrying will not help. You already sound worried. You have done the correct thing in a country which has the highest frequency of rabies in the world. The next step is to watch the dog and if it appears ill to sacrifice it and examine the tissues. ...Read more

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Got scratched by puppy trying to climb on me. To young to have shots. Didn't peirce skin. Any concern for rabies?

Highly improbable: Unless this puppy had been bitten by a rabid animal there is virtually no way that it could be infected, and furthermore a scratch, absent saliva on it, is very unlikely to transmit the rabies virus in the event it was present. If this was an unprovoked attack and bite, then might be concerned. ...Read more

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In africa. For fun, I adopted a puppy last week, but it was vaccinated against rabies yesterday. Any rabies risks from what appeared a healthy dog?

In africa. For fun, I adopted a puppy last week, but it was vaccinated against rabies yesterday. Any rabies risks from what appeared a healthy dog?

Depend on where/what: Are there public or private initiatives to vaccinate feral or stray dogs in the area? Did the veterinarian see any signs of rabies? Is the puppy biting you or breaking your skin? Please gather that information and share with physicians there or here (add to comments) so that you can receive helpful information. ...Read more

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Hi! My son had his anti rabies booster dose on june 2015. A week after, he was bitten by our vaccinated puppy. Does he needs another series of shots?

No: Three things. A properly vaccinated dog is not a rabies risk to anyone. A person with a proper primary and booster series for rabies is considered protected from any rabies exposures for two years from the date of the booster. There are other germs that can complicate a bite, so proper wound care and monitoring is important. ...Read more

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A countryside puppy with no anti-rabies shot, played with my kid, he wasn't bitten, I'm afraid that he might touch its saliva, should I be concerned?

A countryside puppy with no anti-rabies shot, played with my kid, he wasn't bitten, I'm afraid that he might touch its saliva, should I be concerned?

Probably OK: Your child might have been exposed to fleas from a stray puppy, but if he wasn't bitten there is little chance of harm. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from petting a stray puppy and eating with my unwashed hands moments later?

Can I get rabies from petting a stray puppy and eating with my unwashed hands moments later?

Rabies: Rabies is transmitted via a bite by an infected animal. It is not passed by casual contact except when in contact with the saliva of an infected bat. ...Read more

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A puppy with no anti-rabies shot, bit me in my thumb just below the nail. Is that enough to give me rabies?

Could be!: It would depend on where the puppy had been and what it had been exposed to. If it had come in contact with a rabid animal or carcass, or other rabid animal, and licked, chewed or faught with it, then you could get the rabies virus infection. You should quarantine the animal for 2 weeks, or have animal control do it and notify them immediatly and seek advise on rabies shots. Rabies is deadly! ...Read more

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Sister got a new puppy and while playing she nipped at me and left a small red mark on skin. Rabies? Hasn't had shots b/c she's too young.

Unlikely: Rabies is transmitted from wild animals and animals infected (bitten) by other wild animals. Rabies unlikely in a domesticated puppy. ...Read more

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My puppy is too young for rabies shot. Scratched me on the neck while playing. I didn't bleed and don't see marks. He's healthy. What should I do?

Not to worry: Rabies is rare to begin with. It is not carried on the skin, paws or nails. The most common source is the saliva from an infected animal. If your puppy has been healthy and has not had any aggressive contact with a rabid animal, there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Her thin short was licked by her puppy in her crotch when she was asleep. Could she get rabies? She had underwear also

Her thin short was licked by her puppy in her crotch when she was asleep. Could she get rabies? She had underwear also

No: You can't catch rabies from an animal unless it is also affected. Licking is unlikely to transmit the virus in any case. It would be a sad world indeed for pet owners if being licked put their owners in danger. House animals don't just carry rabies, but must acquire it (say, being bitten by a wild animal); most are immunized in any case. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my puppy getting rabies saliva on his paws/nails and then scratching me hours later and me getting infected?

What are the chances of my puppy getting rabies saliva on his paws/nails and then scratching me hours later and me getting infected?

Extremely low: If it is your dog and has all it's vaccinations and is acting normally then I would not be concerned. If in 10 days the dog is fine....so are you. Dogs do not carry rabies the have disease or they do not. ...Read more

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Cat overdue for rabies vaccine. Outdoor cat, scratches puppy sometimes. If puppy bites me when playing, should I be concerned? Vaccinate cat and self?

See below: So rabies is transmitted through saliva, not a scratch. However, it would be very wise of you to get both the cat and puppy (when old enough according to the vet) vaccinated for rabies and maintain that vaccine as recommended (rabies is devastating to them too). The puppy nipping at you is not likely to give you rabies. You don't need to be vaccinated unless you're bit by an unknown animal. ...Read more

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Ate biscuits from a person feeding a street puppy from his hands. Before serving me he washed his hands with water. Chances of Rabies? (Immunized)

Nil: The dog was acting appropriately and the concern for rabies in dogs in most areas is 0. It does not sound like there was skin break down. The puppy can be tested and observed but not necessary. ...Read more

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Might be silly but my puppy got his Rabies vaccine on Tuesday. Is the vaccine a live virus? If he bit me, could he possibly infect me with Rabies?

Not live vaccine: No questions are silly and u shd not hesitate to ask! Rabies vaccine is not a live but killed virus vaccine. Chances of having Rabies in a puppy to infect you especially in California is remote! However if u remain worried for any reason best would be to have ur doctor talk to the state health department and discuss local conditions. Latter will give u very appropriate advice. ...Read more

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My 2 month old puppy keeps biting me. I bled. Should I be concerned and get a tetanus shot?

My 2 month old puppy keeps biting me. I bled. Should I be concerned and get a tetanus shot?

Family practice: If you are due yes you should. Keep your wounds clean. Animal bites even if playful can get infected. Try to avoid bites, don't encourage him. ...Read more

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My 3 year old cat killed a bat and has been vaccinated for rabies once (at 6 months of age). He hasn't bitten anyone, but are we safe from rabies?

Rabies: When hour cat killed the bat, what happened to its body. Wasn't it examined fir rabies? Secondly do you live in an area where rabies have been reported in bats? If your cat has been vacinated you should be safe. ...Read more

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I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?

I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?

Cat bites: If your kitten has not been exposed to rabies, a bite from that kitten will not transmit rabies. If the skin was broken or scratched, wash thoroughly with lots of soap and water. Watch for redness, swelling or oozing. Skin infections are much more likely than rabies and can be serious. ...Read more

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Urgent:Can my flu like illness as a reaction of rabies shot transmit to my 5 month old baby? She has 102 F.please help

Urgent:Can my flu like illness as a reaction of rabies shot transmit to my 5 month old baby? She has 102 F.please help

No: Maybe your flu like illness is not really a reaction to your rabies vaccine and in fact you have a viral syndrome. But your 5 month old baby does need to be evaluated for the 102 fever. Good Luck ...Read more

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My two year old is getting a rabies vaccination tomorrow 6 days after cat bite. Has it been to long? And is it safe for toddlers? Can she get rabies?

My two year old is getting a rabies vaccination tomorrow 6 days after cat bite. Has it been to long? And is it safe for toddlers? Can she get rabies?

Rabies vaccine: Is safe. It is not the miserable painful experience that it used to be 20 years ago, but no toddler is going to be happy getting it. Earlier vaccination is better than late, but later is better than not at all. She cannot get rabies from the vaccine. ...Read more

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My 6 1/2 mo old ped. Felt his anterior fontanel but says that it might be closing early than usual. Should I be worried? Or is this normal @ his age?

My 6 1/2 mo old ped. Felt his anterior fontanel but says that it might be closing early than usual. Should I be worried? Or is this normal @ his age?

Follow closely..: It is a bit early for the skull to fuse, but unless he has had a head MRI or ct to assess exactly how open or closed they are, I would not panic. If his head shape is normal and symmetric, if head size is increasing along appropriate percentiles, development is normal, then I would put my mind at ease. However, these parameters, including head size and shape, need to be monitored monthly for now. ...Read more

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I have had my three pre exposure jabs for rabies and got my two booster jabs in India seven months ago as I was bitten by a dog, I was bit and scratch?

Your question???: You did not submit a clear question. If you are worried about rabies, the shots you got protect you from any exposure for 2 yrs from the date of the last booster. ...Read more