Stray Dog

Stray dogs are dogs that are lost or have no home. These dogs have many negative impacts on the city's environment and human health, such as noise pollution, traffic accidents, and feces garbage. Stray dogs can easily transfer and spread the deadly disease rabies.

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Will rabies vaccination cause future health issues for my 9 year old son?

Query: Hi doctor,My 9 year old son was licked by a stray dog. I was not sure what happened, but I took him to the doctor and got him injected. Would the injection cause him some future health issues?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, the injection will not cause any issues in the future. Rabies Vaccination Injection is given at the 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 days of the bite, but consult your nearest doctor and get the vaccine from that doctor. This vaccine should be taken if there is a dog bite or if t...  Read Full »

A Stray dog bit me 24 years back. Should I get the vaccine now?

Query: Hi doctor, I need your suggestions. I remember a couple of occasions during my early childhood when a dog bit me. The first one was around 24 years back when a stray dog bit me. There was no visible wound or scratches on the bitten area. There was no bleeding during the incident. The second one was...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Unless you have bitten, scratched, or bruised by a dog, rabies-unvaccinated, or your wound and bleeding has occurred recently, you need to worry and take post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) of anti-rabies vaccination and immunoglobulins injectio...  Read Full »

Can licking by my pet dog after he had bitten a stray dog cause rabies to me?

Query: Hello doctor, My vaccinated dog (vet confirmed is safe) was in contact with a stray dog and may have licked or bitten the stray dog. My dog was washed with water, and the next day around 15 hours later, my dog licked me slightly on my lip. Is there a high chance that the rabies virus could survive a...  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your query. As your dog is fully vaccinated, there is no need to worry about rabies infection. There are no chances that you get infected with rabies through the dog's lick over your lip, as your dog is fully immunized or vaccinated against rabies infectio...  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 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 »

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 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 »

Will taking pre-exposure prophylaxis and rabies boosters after eight months of exposure help?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight months bank a street dog scratched my hand. I was dumb and stupid enough then. I did not take any vaccines. Now I am very worried and highly panicked. If I take pre-exposure prophylaxis and rabies boosters now, will it save my life? Rabies symptoms have still not appeared in me but...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, rabies virus starts showing its signs in your body between a time frame of 1 to 3 months to one year (depends on type and location of exposure). Now, if you were scratched and there was no bleeding we consider it as category 2 dog bite. Initial symptoms of rabies ...  Read Full »

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