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Published At October 31, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

A small puppy was playing with me and then he started touching my finger with its teeth. Does that really matter? Kindly suggest.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query and understand your concern. As long as there is no break of the skin - it does not matter. Some general information:

1. Rabies vaccine should be taken if there is a dog bite or when the dog licks the mucous membrane structures like the nose, eyes, mouth, or wounded skin, or if a dog scratches.

2. Wash the wound completely under running tap water with soap for 15 minutes.

3. Watch and observe the dog for a period of 10 days for any unnatural behavior, activities, or death.

4. There are no dietary restrictions before or after a rabies vaccine - vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food is allowed, but do not consume alcohol while under treatment.

5. Do not take any other vaccine other than tetanus (if required) during the treatment protocol.

I hope you find this helpful. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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