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Dog bites that are minor and do not break the skin are of low risk for contracting any type of infection. In contrast, dog bites which have teeth marks and bleeding are highly infectious. It can cause infections like rabies, tetanus, sepsis, etc. Immediately after a dog bite, the wound has to be washed thoroughly with antiseptic soaps or lotions. After that, the person has to take the anti-rabies vaccine.

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I had a dog bite and took tetanus. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, A stray dog bit me a few hours back. I washed the wound with soap and water. And I took tetanus from a pharmacy. What to do next? Any food which I should not eat during this period?  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You did a very good job of washing with soap and water. It is important to apply a soap that foams well to wash off local viruses. An anti tetanus vaccine will only protect you against wound infections. It will not prevent rabies infection. If the dog is infected, y...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take rabies vaccine again, if I get hurt by a dog after 2 doses of the same?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking rabies vaccination. Right now I have completed two doses of my injection. My question is if I get another bite during my vaccination do I have to restart my rabies course from starting or should I continue the same course?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you are taking rabies vaccination and you have already completed two doses of rabies vaccine. Now you want to know what will you do if you get another bite during your vaccination. And the answer is simple t...  Read Full »

I got a scratch on my arm from my pet dog. Please help.

Query: Hi, I have a pet dog who has been completely vaccinated. My dog has only minimal interaction with other stray dogs. While playing with my dog, I recently got a small scratch on my arm from its teeth. I have studied online that rabies is most commonly spread from infected animals to humans through an...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Since your dog is fully vaccinated for rabies (as per your narrative), vaccinating yourself may not be needed. However, it is best to consult a local doctor since your pet dog interacts with stray dogs. The scratch should...  Read Full »

Is antirabies vaccine mandatory for 7-year-old kid who is bitten by a small puppy?

Query: Hello doctor, We have a 3-month-old puppy with no antirabies vaccine yet. However, my 7-year-old daughter has been bitten near the wrist and unsure of what we need to do. She is not in pain but please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not very clear though I cannot see any wound or bleeding. It falls under category 2 and your child needs immunization antirabies along with tetanus toxoid shot. Before that, y...  Read Full »

Do I need to take another injection of HRIG for dog bite?

Query: Hello doctor, My pet dog has bitten me in the face which left two puncture wounds. The dog has been vaccinated before but was not vaccinated for two years now. I have been given HRIG a couple of years ago after the same dog bit me. What medications will I need?  Read Full »

Dr. Zirwa Sarfraz

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please wash the affected area with warm water and soap, apply antiseptic (antibiotic) ointment on it every day to avoid any infection. Apply a sterile bandage on it if you need to. As for the vaccination, you do need a booster dose of HRIG (human rabies immunoglobul...  Read Full »

Will taking rabies vaccine after eight months of exposure help?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight months bank a street dog scratched my hand. I was dumb and stupid enough then. I did not take any vaccines. Now I am very worried and highly panicked. If I take pre-exposure prophylaxis and rabies boosters now, will it save my life? Rabies symptoms have still not appeared in me but...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, rabies virus starts showing its signs in your body between a time frame of 1 to 3 months to one year (depends on type and location of exposure). Now, if you were scratched and there was no bleeding we consider it as category 2 dog bite. Initial symptoms of rabies ...  Read Full »

A healthy dog scratched my leg. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, my dog who is around two months accidentally scratched my leg. The scratch is negligible but I lost half a drop of blood. The dog looks healthy and has not been bitten by other dogs. He has not been given antirabies injection because my vet told us he is too young to get one...  Read Full »

Dr. Md. Kais Haider Chowdhury

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If a dog scratches or bites you, you need to have a vaccine. As you have a history of exposure (bites or scratches), then it is better to get the vaccine for post-exposure treatment. Post-exposure treatment consists of five injections by intramuscular route on day 0, t...  Read Full »

My son got scratched by a dog's paw. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, My son got dog paw scratches on his hands by his friend's pet Labrador dog. We gave him TT the next day. Is there anything to worry? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the scratch did not break the skin, if there was no bleeding and if the attack was provoked, a single TT (tetanus toxoid) shot would suffice. Although do keep the area in check for any bacterial infection that might follow. However, if the animal in question was act...  Read Full »

I am worried about contracting tetanus. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Two days ago, I was playing with my dog and unintentionally, he scratched my hand with his teeth. Nothing serious, the wound is about a third of an inch in size and it just scratched the upper layer of my skin, and it was bleeding a little bit. I immediately washed it with water and so...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a history of dog bite with little bleeding. For that, anti-rabies vaccination should be given to prevent a chance of rabies spread. Five doses at 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28 days after exposure is recommended. I suggest you consult a physician for examination. There i...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get an injection for a dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. I was playing with my friend's dog yesterday. By mistake, the dog's teeth touched my hand, and a little drop of blood came out. Do I did need an injection?  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your friend has done a vaccination to the dog, then there is no problem. Keep the bitten site clean, wash with warm water and soap. Apply Oxygenated water and Betadine (Povidone Iodine) locally. You can take them over the counter, and there is no need for a prescript...  Read Full »

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