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Stray Dog Sneezing
Rabies: The rabies virus is only spread when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with the blood stream (generally from a bite). There are generally less than 100 cases of rabies in dogs each year in the us and transmission to humans from dogs in the us is exceedingly rare. Transmission from bats or other wildlife is much more common. ...Read more
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
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more
No: The few people who got vJCD was through eating beef with bone in, from animals fed animal products. ...Read more
Wife feeds stray cat in our woodsy CT yard. cat's friendly non-aggressive. no tags or collar. Cat licked my leg, should I b worried for rabies?
Not to worry.: Since the rabies virus affects the nervous system, rabid animals generally display abnormal behavior. The virus can be transmitted via contact with the affected animal's saliva, usually through a bite. Theoretically, saliva from a rabid animal could infect a human if the saliva entered an open wound. In this instance, the animal was unlikely to be rabid and no mention was made of an open wound. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My dog bit me & slightpunctured skin. He hasnt had his booster rabies shot. We have wild rats in backyard. Can rats carry rabies? Do I need rabies vac
Decision making: A number of factors exist here. What was the circumstance around the bite? Unprovoked? How is your dog behaving? Normally? Has the dog been previously vaccinated? Are you located in an area where rabies is found in raccoons etc? All this aside, any warm blooded animal can get rabies but mice, rats and squirrels are almost never rabid since they do not survive the bite that would transmit it. ...Read more
Do house dogs carry rabies if not infected by outdoor animal? Friends's dog snapped at me but left no bite/broken skin/wound. Should i worry?
Not Rabies: No. You should not worry. You have no injury and you have a story that confirms a normal 'exposure' if you did have an injury. ...Read more
Neighbor's dog had fleas, then got distemper virus. Neighbor began having bone/nerve pain after flea issue. Do fleas spread this virus? Is he crazy?
I cannot comment: On whether your neighbor is crazy or not but fleas can bite humans and those bites can become infected which can sometimes lead to a more systemic spread of the infection or response to it so he should see his physician. Fleas carry diseases as well that can infect humans but not distemper. ...Read more
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I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can i catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?
Yes: A man asks about the risk of transmission of Hanta Virus from petting a mouse/cat. There is a belief that people may be able to get infected with the virus if they touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth. So it is prudent not to touch rodents and if you pet your cat make sure you wash your hands soon. ...Read more
Dog shake him towards me and saliva came out spread rabies virus through air? clarify me rabies is spread bitting or through air? If i am vaccinated ?
See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria on their teeth, which get injected into you when you get bitten. Even if your tetanus immunization is up to date, you will likely have to see a doctor, who will determine if you need an antibiotic. ...Read more
I am from India. A stray dog sneezed 2-3 metres in front of me but wasn't looking directly towards my face. What is the risk of rabies?
I'm pregnant stray kitten sneezed in my face multiple times I was not exposed too poop can I catch something?
YourCatHasSneezles??: Cat respiratory secretions don't carry any viruses that can make you sick, but they are contagious to other cats and..you could carry it to other cats. You can catch other cat infections like conjunctivitis or Toxoplasmosis and others, so be careful about that. Cats are the only animals that can shed this parasite, so get someone else empty the cat box. Petting your cat is OK.Kissing, No. ...Read more
I'm 21 weeks pregnant picked up a stray kitten that had green gew in its eyes and sneezed on me multiple times in my face washed hands after am I ok?
Please clarify: where the pain was located, the characteristic, severity and duration of pain so we can try to answer your question. Please provide additional info and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more
Find trigger first: Sneezing at night or in the morning is a common symptom for people with indoor allergies triggered by dust mite, animal dander, feather pillows or mold. Focus on triggers in the bedroom. Frequently there is nasal congestion and runny nose. An allergist can assist in finding the trigger, so a reasonable treatment plan can be offered. ...Read more
Allergies?: Honestly, get out the textbook and start looking at the hundreds of causes of sneezing. You aren't going to get an accurate answer to that question here without providing some more details like for how long, what makes it better? Or worse? Any associated symotoms, what remedies have you tried, has this ever happened before. How many cats do you own, where do you live, what is your job, meds, etc. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Sneezing is the nasal response to an irritation (smoke, perfume, chemicals) or allergen in the nose (dust, pollen, animal dander, mold). It can also occur with infections such as the common cold. An allergist can assist in identifying the cause of sneezing and find an appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Nasal irritation: Often it is because of some form of nasal irritation, such as an allergy, cold or sensitivity. Sometimes there is a structural problem such as a deviated septum or sinus condition. Rarely there is a foreign body or growth causing the sneezing. If sneezing seems to be getting worse, one should see a doctor. ...Read more
Allergy season!: I believe you have allergic rhinitis/hay fever which is very common in the spring in most of the United States. These days there are numerous over-the-counter medicines that are very effective. I would start with a steroid nasal spray such as Nasacort (triamcinolone). It will take a few days (up to 14+) to be effective. Or a newer generation anti-histamine such as generic Allergra/fexofenadine. Side effects few. ...Read more
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