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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. A history of rabies vaccination in an animal is not always a guarantee that the biting animal is not rabid.
Animal vaccine failures may occur because of improper administration or poor quality of the vaccine, poor health status of the animal, and the fact that one vaccine dose does not always provide long-lasting protection against rabies infection in dogs/cats. The scratch on your skin comes under category II for post exposure prophylaxis for which anti rabies vaccine is indicated .
And although you have taken the vaccine 5 months before and your dog is also vaccinated there are very minimal chances of you or your dog having rabies but there is a very miniscule chance. But according to the guidelines you should get vaccinated again. Make sure to clean the area of scratch properly and thoroughly with soap and water.
Observe your pet for the next 10 days and see if it’s health deteriorates which if does would be a strong indication to get vaccinated.
Dog biteTreatment plan:
Anti rabies vaccinesPreventive measures:
Wash the area thoroughly with soap and waterRegarding follow up:
Follow up after 10 days
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