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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
Almost never: Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Rabid dogs don't cough or sneeze - they foam at the mouth, act crazy, and bite people. Rabies is very rare in dogs in this country, now that rabies shots are required by law pretty much everywhere - but if you see a stray dog acting strangely, don't get anywhere near enough to be sneezed on by it - call the cops! ...Read more
See below: There are two ways how the cat litter can affect the infants: indirectly through the pregnant mother, if she is taking care of the cat, they can acquire a congenital toxoplasma infection or directly, as they might get in touch with infected cat's excrements in the cat litter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If vaccination protects children from diseases, why can an unvaccinated child infect a vaccinated child?
Vaccines seldom 100%: The protection provided by vaccines can approach 100% in some cases but not all. Infected kids spread their diseases to infants that are too young to be vaccinated, those that have not completed a full vaccine series or those whose immune system fails to have a full benefit from the vaccine.A measles outbreak in houston was traced to air travelers entering from abroad, 1/3 vaccinated, 2/3 not. ...Read more
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Extremely unlikely: An uninfected dog would not pass rabies to another animal or person. A hypothetical situation in which an uninfected dog could transmit rabies is if the dog got a big smear of infected animal saliva onto his dog fur, and then the dog's master hugged and petted his dog, and somehow managed to transfer the infected saliva from the dog fur into his (the master's) own eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wound. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?
No she's fine: First of all, she completed the vaccine series, so her immunity is as strong now as it ever will be. Secondly, this was not a 'true' rabies exposure, even if the animal DID have rabies. There would have to be a lick to the face (mucous membranes) or at least a scratch for me to become concerned. Hopefully your daughter is fully aware of all the rabies risks and will take the necessary precautions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer