Q. My puppy nipped me and it is not vaccinated yet. Should I get anti-rabies vaccine?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Dec 02, 2018

Hello doctor,

Do I need an anti-rabies vaccine, because my 2 and a half-month-old puppy nipped me? It is barely a bite but I cleaned it and no symptoms seem to show up, my puppy is not vaccinated yet because it is too young. I am 18 years old.

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Family Physician General Practitioner
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

If the bite was unprovoked and if it caused bleeding then you should get a course of anti-rabies vaccine plus a shot of tetanus immunoglobulin, to be on the safe side. Even though it is a pet, it is not immunized so the standard protocol is to get vaccinated if the above-mentioned factors are present. Also, wash the wound with soap and water thoroughly. If the skin was not broken and if the attack was provoked, then it is not necessary to get vaccinated. However, given the nil immunization status of your pet, you may want to be on the safe side and get the shots.

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