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Question:My 2 year old cat had his rabies vaccine yesterday and ever since then he has not eaten or drank any water. He won¿t move and screams like he¿s in pain. Then he had a seizure that lasted a good minute. What should I do?
Answer:He needs to be rechecked immediately. That is not normal and could be a serious adverse reaction that can be treated.
Question:Did I contract Rabies? ? Ok so on Jan. 19 I was at my grandparents house 🏡. And I accidently stepped on my uncles cat. And it bit me. The bite itself didn't draw blood but it broke my skin. I asked my grandmother if it was vaccinated she didn't know. But regardless I just brushed it off. The cat looked healthy (Even though she was a stray) my uncle adopted been living there for months. My grandmother told me she would call me if it was sick. It even bit her once. It's a house cat mostly hunts rats in her home. It's February 3 and I am feeling chills and a bit of salvation. I can eat and drink water but I am having anxiety issues about it. I didn't bother to get my vaccination 💉 the cat I assume and still healthy because my grandmother hasn't called me yet. I did eat a lot of sweets recently. And it's a bit chilly atm 27 degrees. My question is should I worry or I am just Exaggerating and being anxious about it
Answer:You will need to contact your physician about Rabies symptoms in humans.
Question:Hello doctor 1 month before I was slightly hurt by street cat the wound was very tiny on my hand like teeth scratch then I took rabies vaccine on 0,3,10,28 and cat is still alive alive on 30th day cat eats and she is healthy have you seen a infected cat alive on 30th day what do you think was I infected that day?
Answer:Rabies is an elusive virus - it is not probable that you were infected but still possible. Contact your physician for further information about human infection, incubation periods in humans, etc.
Question:The cats are strictly house cats. They never over the threshold unless that they are in a carrier when going to the vet. Under those circumstances do the cats need to get rabies shot.
Answer:If they are in the United States, it is required by law.
Question:Hello, I live with a cat that has a tendency to scratch me with her teeth; not severely, by I notice a small amount of blood when I clean the wound with a 70% alcohol wipe. I know the cat received a one-year rabies vaccination approximately two weeks ago, but before the I am unsure of her vaccination status, she might have been overdue to for a vaccine. She has bitten/scratched me both before and after the most recent vaccination. I have read all I can online and understand that a ten day observation period is standard post cat bite to watch for symptoms. Would the relatively recent vaccination interfere with the validity of the ten day observation? Could she spread the virus without later dying? How quickly does the vaccine provide protection after it's injected? Is a cat shedding the virus guaranteed to die even if vaccinated while the virus is in the salia? I have no evidence the animal in question has been exposed to rabes, but I know wild animals have tested positive for rabes in my area, and it's at least possible she was bitten while on the balcony. Further intensifying my concern is the cat's tendency to act "pissy" and mildly aggressive. I know aggression is a symptom of rabies.
Answer:States vary wildly as far as Rabies laws and quarantine periods so consult your local veterinarian about post-bite procedures - keep in mind some states will recommend euthanasia for an unvaccinated animal. For all your other questions, here is a really good article about Rabies, written by another veterinarian, with links to other helpful pages like the CDC's Rabies page, from a site that I trust, that answers most of them: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951479
Question:My son was bit by a domestic that he along with friends were dog sitting while parents are out of town 3 days ago. It was an accidental bite when they were playing. Very minor injury in index finger that healed completely - except minor pain/sensation. We are not able to get dog's vaccination information and dog is still with them, acting fine. What are our option? How do we make sure my son doesn't need vaccination?
Answer:You will need to contact your local pediatrician (and/or veterinarian) - especially about whether he needs any treatment - and the laws are very different from state to state. (Some states are so extreme that they will recommend euthanasia of the dog if it has not been vaccinated, so keep that in mind while you are asking around - it would be ideal to know if the dog has been vaccinated or not.)
Question:Are canine rabies vaccines and feline rabies vaccines the same product? What if my cat was given a canine rabies vaccine accidentally?
Answer:It depends on the exact vaccine - some are labeled for use on dogs and cats and some are species specific.
Question:My puppy had the rabies vaccine shot today and is throwing up. Is this normal?
Answer:Sometimes just once can be ok, from all the excitement, car ride, etc. but if it continues and/or your puppy is lethargic (mopey) and doesn't eat well, it could be an adverse reaction to the vaccine and your veterinarian will need to recheck him/her.
Question:Can my dog contract rabies if she had a dead bat in her mouth for a second, which eating it? She is 10 weeks so she has not be vaccinated.
Answer:It is remotely possible but not very probable at all.
Question:How can I rid my yard of a full grown armadillo? I¿m worried about transferring diseases to my toy poodles and cat! Thanks
Answer:The only true way to get rid of armadillos is to trap them in cage traps and remove them from the area. There is no effective repellent or deterrent product that you can simply buy and spray or sprinkle on your property to make armadillos leave. Calling your local wildlife control expert and having them come catch it and remove it is ideal.
Question:My dog has one more year left of his rabie shot. What other shot are necessary every year besides a rabie shot?
Answer:It really depends on his many things - his lifestyle (how social he is), if he boards or gets groomed, his age, overall health, etc. The other common vaccine (DHPP) is good for 3 years as long as he had his puppy shots and one-year booster. Kennel cough is every year (some intranasals are still every 6 months). If Influenza is common where you live and he is social, he may need that one, yearly after initial booster. If Lyme is common where you live, he may need that one, yearly after initial booster. Leptospirosis is yearly if he is at risk for that.
Question:My tea cup Chihuahua had a rabies vaccine yesterday in her back leg..now she wont walk on it, shes actually not moving much, what can i give her to ease the pain
Answer:She is so tiny, it will be hard to dose her with human medication and most human NSAIDS are very toxic (Advil, Tylenol, etc). Your veterinarian will have something like Metacam (liquid NSAID) that will help her feel better. Here is a link ot read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Metacam-prod10588.html
Question:Hi, can rabies be transmitted via water? There was a raccoon on my porch I caught stealing food. I¿m not sure if he drank but my pooch had the water before I could get it up.
Answer:Not very easily - it won't survive in water, outside of a body, very long, so unless a rabid raccoon drooled into the water and your dog immediately drank it would there be much of a concern. If your dog is vaccinated, it is even less of a concern.
Question:Do you offer this vaccination on line?
Answer:No - a Rabies vaccine is by prescription only and, in most states, must be given by a veterinarian.
Question:Is it ok for my one year old dog to recieve his rabies shot 2 months earlier then what would be concidered the one-year mark to his first rabies vaccine. i.e. getting it in mid May instead of mid July. Along with getting the dhpp vaccine early also.
Answer:It will probably be fine even though it is more ideal to wait until closer to one year BUT, you don't want to go over one year because, depending on the state, you want this Rabies vaccine to be labeled as a 3-year and if you go over that one year "expiration date" some veterinarians won't label it as a 3-year. (Same for the DHPP for most dogs but for that one it depends on his shot history, intervals, etc)