Dog Bite

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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Vaccinated dog bite my daughter. Is anti-rabies vaccine needed?

Query: Dear Doctor, My daughter is 5 years old. A vaccinated dog scratched her right hand with its teeth. There is no skin damage but deep red mark is visible. Is anti-rabies vaccine optional or compulsory for her?  Read Full »


Dr. E Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query on icliniq.com. Let me explain the seriousness of the deep red marks simply : Visible deep red marks could mean a very small wound but it is still a large door for rabies virus to enter. If rabies has once developed, then it has no treatment. Prevention by anti-rabie...  Read Full »

A Stray dog bit me 24 years back. Should I get the vaccine now?

Query: Hi doctor, I need your suggestions. I remember a couple of occasions during my early childhood when a dog bit me. The first one was around 24 years back when a stray dog bit me. There was no visible wound or scratches on the bitten area. There was no bleeding during the incident. The second one was...  Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Unless you have bitten, scratched, or bruised by a dog, rabies-unvaccinated, or your wound and bleeding has occurred recently, you need to worry and take post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) of anti-rabies vaccination and immunoglobulins inje...  Read Full »

Should I take the vaccine for one and a half years back dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. Three years ago, a dog slightly bit my hand. The dog died 1.5 years after he bit me. It has been three years now, but I am worried as I heard that rabies appears after years. I did not take any medicine then. I ignored it because it was a pet dog. If I take anti...  Read Full »


Dr. Ehsan Samarbafzadeh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your worry with this situation as rabies is considered dangerous. The good news is that the dog that bit you probably did not have rabies as the progression of this disease is fast in dogs. If a rabid dog bites you, it will die in weeks. As you mentioned t...  Read Full »

Will the rabies virus die on heating the food licked by a cat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having some doubts about rabies. Will rabies spread through food, which is licked by a cat? Will rabies virus die on heating?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am giving you my opinion regarding your doubts. Rabies can spread through the saliva of an infected animal, especially dog. But from saliva, the virus can spread if the skin is not intact or it can spread through mucosa contact. So, direct saliva contact to mucosa ha...  Read Full »

Should I start with the first dose of rabies vaccination as my dog bit me after taking the third dose?

Query: Hi doctor,I got bit by my dog, but I am already going through a rabies vaccination course (I completed three, only one left). Should I start from the beginning? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry for the discomfort. Since you are going through a rabies vaccination course and got again bit by your dog only, then no need to repeat the course from the beginning. Just wash the wound with soap and running water thoroughly. Complete the present vaccination ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for a dog bite.

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is dog bite with some pain. I am currently on antirabies medication. I am a 15 year old male. My weight is 38 kg and height is 5 feet.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should clean the wound with soap and water. Get the dressing done from a local doctor with Betadine solution followed by application of Mupirocin ointment. The dressing should be changed daily till healing. You should have antirabies vaccination on day 0, 3, 7, 14...  Read Full »

Is second-time rabies vaccination required for a dog scratch one year after vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor,Yesterday, I accidentally disturbed a stray dog while walking. It did not bark and was not aggressive, but after I moved a few steps forward, the dog kind of tried to nibble or bite my thigh and went back as soon as I looked back.There are no scratch marks, no bleeding, no bite marks, noth...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you regarding it. First of all, it was a level 2 dog bite as contact was there, but there was no skin penetration. In such cases, the skin should be washed with running water and soap for five minutes. As you are already i...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get rabies vaccination if a vaccinated pet dog scratches you?

Query: Hi doctor,I scratched by my vaccinated dog today a few hours ago. Also, there was no bleeding in my hand. But there is some redness there. So guide me that it is still necessary to have ARV. Also, five months ago, I was vaccinated with ARV when there is a scratch of a dog then.  Read Full »


Dr. Kapil Gupta

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. Although unvaccinated animals are more likely to transmit rabies, vaccinated animals can also do so if the vaccination of the biting animal was ineffective for any reason. History of rabies vaccination in an animal is not always a guarantee that the biting animal is ...  Read Full »

I get tingling sensation in the area of a dog bite. Am I at risk of rabies infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I work at a veterinary clinic. 18 days ago, a great dane bit my leg, causing some deep puncture wounds. We immediately flushed the wound even though I discovered that night that there was a wound on my leg's back, we did not notice. I went immediately to the local health department to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you were bitten by a dog 18 days back. If bitten, a previously vaccinated person should take two more doses of rabies vaccine. One dose immediately and one three days later. Again, if bitten, a nonvaccinate...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get rabies vaccine when a puppy puts his nail on burn wound?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a wound on my right foot due to crakers. A month old dog puppy had put its nails on my would, and I can see very thin blood similar to a needle point. Shall I take rabies antibody injections, or can I ignore it? Please reply.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it oozing? Since when the wound happened? When the dog touched it, was it oozing or bleeding? Do you have pain, tenderness, swelling, or redness? Do you have blisters or fever? Attach the picture of the lesion for better understanding.  Read Full »

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