Rabies Vaccination

The rabies vaccination is used to prevent rabies, and there are many rabies vaccines available that are safe and effective. They are used to prevent rabies before and after exposure to the rabies virus and are commonly caused by a dog or bat bite.

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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 »

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 »

I was bitten by my dog during my rabies vaccination course. Can I take my next course or start from first?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently on a course of rabies vaccination (post-exposure prophylaxis, category 2). Last month, I got my third dose and got bitten by my dog again on my feet. My next dose will be next week, and I cannot go or ask the doctor at the moment. It was not a bite, but it got my skin b...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Once you have received the rabies vaccine full dose, it is effective for the next five years. There is no need to repeat the vaccine even if you are bit by a dog again. Your previous vaccine is good enough. They will save you from rabies. So...  Read Full »

A three-month-old puppy bit me while playing. I have already taken the rabies vaccine. Is there any possibility of getting rabies?

Query: Hello doctor,Can a puppy of three months have fine teeth that there is no mark on the skin if it pricks us, and we are at risk of rabies? I am asking this because a puppy comes to my house to play. While playing, I felt his tooth pricked on my thumb. But when I looked at my thumb, there was neither ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Your previous vaccine is good enough and will save you from rabies. Once you take the rabies vaccine total dose, it is effective for the next five years. There is no need to repeat the vaccine even if you...  Read Full »

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 »

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. Basuki Nath 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 »

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 »

Can I get rabies when dog saliva got into an unknown tiny cut?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an interaction with a stray dog, and it seemed fine, but I had some suspicion about it potentially having rabies. It did not bite or scratch me, but I worry that some small amount of saliva got into and I have some unknown tiny cut. The dog had a microchip and was later brought hom...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have a history of tiny scratches by a stray dog. Though the dog has an owner and its owner brought it, there is no vaccination history. Even if it is fully vaccinated, the dog has a history of the homeless a...  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 Kumar 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 »

Can rabies vaccine be given in the gluteal region?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. My height is 5'8, and my weight is 150 pounds. A few weeks ago, I had an encounter with a bat early in the morning. I am not sure if I was bitten or if it was a brief encounter. I got a rabies vaccine administered on that day (day 0), as well as days 3, 7, and 14...  Read Full »

Dr. Clinton Leinweber

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear what you have been through. It sounds like you were in a category one exposure, which is low risk. However, it still requires post-exposure treatment. At present, in a person who is not immunocompromised, only four doses a...  Read Full »

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