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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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Can a dog scratch cause rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, My dog scratched me with its claws. So, what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your pet dog is vaccinated and if the attack was provoked and if there was no bleeding then you just need to observe the dog for ten days, and chances of contracting rabies are very little or nil. However, if there was any bleeding, the attack was unprovoked and i...  Read Full »

Can rabies spread through standing bare-foot on rat's blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I stood on a rat's blood that my assistant killed about half an hour after the incident. It was hit on the head so I presume there was some saliva in the blood, I was obviously bare-footed and have no open sores on my feet but do have cracked heels. Is there any way I could have contra...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you are worried but the chances of you contracting rabies from a pool of blood while may or may not have saliva of a bat which might or might not have been rabid are quite slim. However, if your heels are cracked enough to have caused an opening in the...  Read Full »

Can I have rabies even after getting vaccinated after dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I was bitten by a dog last year. The gate of the dog was wide open and when I passed near it, the dog bit me. It bit me on my right leg. After that, I rushed to the hospital for vaccination. The nurse injected something on the wound every time when I went to the hospital. They also injec...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You do not need to worry because you are safe and you do not have rabies. So please leave your fear. Usually, when the dog dies within two weeks we suspect that the dog can have rabies. But in your case, it has been nine months, and you got va...  Read Full »

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 »

We have a new pet dog. Should we vaccinate for rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 37-year-old woman. We bought a new pet dog. It is just 6 months old. I have 2 kids at home along with my husband. My kids are 12 and 10 years old. Should we all get ourselves vaccinated for rabies? Or is it important to vaccinate the dog first? I have small children, and I am really...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. It is important to get the dog vaccinated first. You do not need to be vaccinated unless the dog bites you. If the dog is fully vaccinated, then kids and you can play with the dog with no issues at all. If the dog is n...  Read Full »

A stray puppy bit me on hand. What can I do now?

Query: Hello doctor, A stray puppy bit me on my right-hand fingertip just little hard when I was feeding it (80 days back) but there was no bleed and scratch. And the puppy died after three days of biting me. Cause of that is adult dogs had bitten the puppy. I had three doses of vaccination six years ago...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The one which you mentioned six months ago, was it a full course of vaccination? Because, six years ago, you just had three doses. So if six months back was a complete vaccination course then you should receive the booster dosage of vaccination. Some amount of vacci...  Read Full »

Three days ago I was bitten by a dog, the same day I took the vaccine. After two days I was scratched by a stray cat and I had little bleeding. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,Three days ago I was bitten by a dog, the same day I took the vaccine. After two days I was scratched by a stray cat and I had little bleeding. Tomorrow do I have to start my whole vaccination for rabies from the beginning or do I just have to take my second dose of vaccine?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. No need to restart the schedule. Take your second dose as per the schedule. I hope this helps.  Read Full »

Do I need to take the rabies vaccine if a dog's teeth or tongue touched my finger?

Query: Hello doctor, When I was feeding a wild dog, accidentally, the dog's teeth touched my fingers, maybe the tongue also touched my fingers. I returned to my home and cleaned my hands with running water, soap, and handwash. And then, I applied Suthol and Boroline. Though there is no bleeding, should I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is no bleeding or injury mark, then no need for a vaccine. Suppose it was a simple lick or the teeth just touched, then no need to worry. Just follow the dog for 14 days. If he does not run away, then everything will be fine. Please send a picture of your finge...  Read Full »

I am afraid of contracting rabies despite getting post-exposure vaccination and the condition of the pup being normal. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Almost 14-16 days back, Ι was feeding a four to seven months old stray (his owner is actually out of his mind and does not take care of the pup nor its diet, so I consider it a stray) pup, and he innocently actually took both my fingers in his mouth while I was feeding him biscuit. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am here to extend a helping hand to you. Being a microbiology student yourself, you might know things well. The answers to your questions are as follows: 1. Whether I need to change the doctor because of his incorrect dosage schedule and is giving pre-exposure do...  Read Full »

Is it safe to drink water from an RO water filter fixed by a mechanic who touched a dog?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I bought an RO (reverse osmosis) filter, and the shopkeeper had a dog in the shop. He touched the dog and then gave the filter to me. And today morning, the mechanic changed the Ro filter, so I am worried about what if there was dog saliva and he set those filters in RO. So I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the description you gave, there is little reason to worry. Rabies gets transmitted by bites, scratches, and in case if licks in wounded, open areas from animals infected with rabies. By your narrative, the dog was touched and seemed to be a pet dog, which migh...  Read Full »

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