Ask the Vet About Rabies in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Rabies in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym


As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 10, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies/Vaccination
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Question:What if a 1month old puppy without vaccination accidentally bites you while feeding them, it's like a scratch but the puppy was not showing signs that it has rabies and the puppy was not an stray dog, and the wound that happens was not deep, it bleeds super little just like it bleeds for just 2seconds and there was no mark that left on finger, And you wash it asap and pour some alcohol on it and it doesn't feel that it has wounds, does it has rabies?

Answer:You shouldn't need to worry in this case but contacting your physician is always ideal.

Date: Jun 10, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies shots
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Question:How often do the dogs have to get shot for rabies

Answer:The first Rabies vaccine they get, their immune system can only recogonize for 1 year, then very close to one year later they can get a 3 year Rabies. This varies a little by state laws - some states may require it more often.

Date: Jun 3, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Vaccinations needed at three yeard
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Question:My five pound Cocapoo needs a rabies vaccination. He also needs vaccinated for a regular visit. Thank you,, Augusta Collins. 812-777-9169

Answer:In most states a veterinarian must administer the Rabies vaccine, so contact a veterinarian in your area for help getting those vaccines.

Date: May 25, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Rabies transmission
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Question:This is a follow up question. You said the vaccine might not be on boarded in 3 days to protect him and transmission is possible. My understanding is once transmission is possible he is in a 10 day 'quarantine' window and will be dead within 10dys so I would know he transmitted to me. The vaccine would not stop the window would it?

Answer:The vaccine would not stop the window would it?" No, a vaccine would do nothing to "stop transmission" - that's not what a vaccine does, but again, it is exceedingly rare. As far as quarantining, that is really variable by state so you'll have to ask your local veterinarian.

Date: May 25, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Rabies transmission
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Question:There was a clerical error and my dog was out of date with rabies vaccine. He received the 1st shot good for a year on Thursday. He licked an open wound on my hand Sunday 3 days later. For sake of argument if he did have the rabies virus would the initial vaccine 3 days earlier prevent him from developing symptoms when he licked my wound? If so nothing to worry about. If not and he could have transmitted the virus to me the day he licked my wound could the vaccine prevent him from dying during the final 10 days and I not know he gave me the virus?

Answer:The Rabies vaccine 3 days earlier may not be fully on-board to protect him, so transmission is possible, BUT Rabies is VERY rare so this is highly unlikely.

Date: May 11, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Shots
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Question:Can I give my puppy their shots and go to a vet for their rabies vaccine?

Answer:You can but it's not ideal for a lot of reasons: it's ideal for the puppy to have a physical exam with temperature taken to be sure it's 100% healthy and I always worry about how the vaccine was cared for (whether it got too hot or too cold in transport) and might not be effective.

Date: Apr 24, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Rabies
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Question:Hi my puppy ate a dead gopher face and then licked my daughters mouth can we get rabies?

Answer:That would be unlikely but contact your physician for questions about human exposure.

Date: Mar 6, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Vaccines
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Question:So my dog just got his shot earlier today (Rabies Shot)and I don?t know what do give him (medicine wise) if he is sore, what do I give him and where can I buy it?

Answer:Aspirin is usually ok, BUT never any other NSAIDs - most are toxic to dogs - consult your veterinarian to be 100% sure especially if your dog has any underlying issues or is on any other medication.

Date: Feb 9, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Rabies vaccine
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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.

Date: Jan 26, 2020
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Rabies in cat
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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.

Date: Oct 28, 2019
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Dog bite
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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.)

Date: Aug 28, 2019
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Puppy Sick
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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.

Date: Aug 18, 2019
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: transmission of virus
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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.

Date: Jun 7, 2019
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: yearly shots
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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.

Date: Jun 3, 2019
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Vaccine
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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

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