Fear Of Rabies

Rabies is a dangerous virus, and it is highly recommended to take the vaccine within 24 hours after being bitten by an infected animal. If an infected animal licks open wounds or mucous membranes like eyes or mouth, it can transmit the virus. Also, if the animal licks its nails and scratches a person, it can spread the virus. A human cannot transmit the virus to another human. It is usually spread from an infected animal to animal either by biting or open wound contact with the saliva.

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Is a man considered safe if he receives vaccination for rabies eight months after a dog bite and completes all doses?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know if a man is considered safe if he receives a vaccination for rabies after eight months of a dog bite and completes all doses. Also, if the virus has already entered the spinal cord and was on its way to the brain (but did not make it), will the vaccine still kill the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay Dange

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If your dog is still alive and healthy eight months after the scratch, there is no need for therapy. The dog would have perished by now if it had been infected with rabies (a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals)...  Read Full »

My pet dog has got bitten by a stray dog and is vaccinated correctly. Is there a need to take him to the doctor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 2.5-year-old pet dog. We usually go for walks in a nearby park. Yesterday, as usual, when we took our evening walk, my dog got into a fight with one of the stray dogs. We returned home, and I did not notice anything yesterday. However, today morning I noticed that my dog was l...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would help if you had washed your pet bite wound as soon as you saw it. However, the chances of rabies are minimal. It is best to vaccinate the dog by visiting a local practitioner in your area. It would help if you also get vaccinated with a two-dosage regimen as p...  Read Full »

My dog started bleeding and licked her wound and licked me after a stray dog scratched her. Should my dog or I get vaccinated for rabies again?

Query: Hello doctor, My dog is vaccinated fully, but when I took her for a walk, she played with another stray dog whose vaccination status was unknown. So, the dog scratched my dog, and she started bleeding due to abrasion. I did not watch this. My dog licked her wound, and then she licked me. Should my d...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unlikely that the stray dog was rabid. I hope your dog is fully vaccinated for her age. If so, her chances of getting rabies are minimal. For adult dogs, the rabies vaccination is good for three years and should be given at the first visit for new patients. For e...  Read Full »

Can a pup with rash cause rabies after licking a human?

Query: Hi doctor, A puppy licked my hand while I was playing with him. He is vaccinated, but he has a rash on his elbow. While playing, I did not remember about it, but now I fear I might catch rabies. Will I get rabies? Should I watch the puppy for a few days from now? This incident happened two days ago....  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. However, there is no need to worry about anything, and vaccination is not required. Thanks.  Read Full »

I have stepped on a dead bird. Is there a chance of rabies contraction?

Query: Hello doctor, How long does a rabies virus survive outside the host? I stepped on a dead bird and I am just a little paranoid. There are no symptoms at present and was wondering what my risk of exposure would be. Kindly advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The rabies virus is fragile under usual temperature and humidity conditions in summer. It is destroyed within a few minutes at temperatures greater than 122 degrees farenheit/ 50 degrees Celsius. It survives no more than a...  Read Full »

My pet puppy licked my open wound after being bitten by a neighbor's dog. Should I get the rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello,A dog bit my pet puppy. It is vaccinated already. But a neighbor's dog bit my puppy two days back. I forgot it and played with my pup, it licked my hands, and I already had an open healing bruise. Will I get rabies?? Should I get a rabies vaccination now?  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. First, clean the bruise licked by the puppy with soap and water and, if possible, with Povidone-Iodine solution afterward. If your pet pup or neighbor's dog is vaccinated with the rabies vaccine for dogs, vaccinating y...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned if the puppy that bit me four days back is not vaccinated for rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,Before 4 days, I have had a scratch without bleeding due to a puppy bite. I have had a swelling but it subsided in the next morning. It is itching today due to dryness. Should I be concerned?  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Cleanse your wound with soap and tap water. Are you and your puppy vaccinated for rabies? If not get vaccinated.  Read Full »

Can I get rabies after getting a handshake from a street dog?

Query: Hello doctor,I give milk and bread to street dogs every day. One of them shakes hands with me daily. So when I was playing with it, its paw was in my hand. I experienced that its nails were big, there was no bleeding, only white lines (that I think is normal, because it was the time of winter and my...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Based on your exposure history, there is no need for rabies prophylaxis as there are no visible wound marks and no minor or major bleeding. However, be safe next time. I suggest you avoid coming in contact with street dogs. Y...  Read Full »

I got a scratch on my arm from my pet dog. Do I need a rabies vaccine?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

My pet dog bit me a week ago and it died two days back to an infection. Do I have rabies?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the possibility of rabies if a 2-month-old unvaccinated dog that bit me dies of parvovirus infection within a week after the bite? My 2-month-old pup bit me by mistake while playing with other puppies. After two days, I found my dog sick, often vomiting, and it was not eating. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. The chances of you acquiring rabies are impossible. I will state the reasons. 1. The dog was your pet. Pet dogs rarely acquire rabies if they have been exposed to rabid dogs. 2. It has been...  Read Full »

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