Q. My puppy accidentally touched my teeth. Do I need to get a vaccine?

Answered by
Dr. Arpit Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 21, 2018

Hello doctor,

Today my 2 month old puppy accidentally touched my teeth while I was petting him, but I did not see any scratch or blood. So, do I need to get a vaccine?

I am really worried about the matter. Please let me know.

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Family Physician General Practitioner


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If your puppy did not bruise or abrade you, then there is no need for any vaccination. Vaccination is required in cases of exposure to rabid wild dogs, not pet dogs.

Now, considering the fact that this puppy is your pet, I assume you would have got it vaccinated earlier.

Still, I would advise you to get a course of rabies vaccination. It is under the name of pre-exposureprophylaxis and consists of three to five injections. It is always better to take precautions rather than regretting.

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