rabbies?

August 21, 2008 5:42am CST
ei i have a question.i have a puppy and he's still not injected of anti rabbies because he's just 2 and a half months old. my problem is, he's very playful to the extent that he tend to scratch my hands with his teeth. is there a possibility that i will automatically have a rabbies?
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6 responses
• United States
21 Aug 08
Dogs aren't born with rabies. It is a disease that is spread through the blood and salivia of an infected animal. Unless your puppy has been attacked by a sick animal recently, he cannot have rabies. Also, rabies would make the dog become sick and die rather quickly, they do not just carry it around indefinately once they get it.
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@iakulchen (615)
• Singapore
21 Aug 08
The injection is supposed to prevent the dog from having rabies , not you, lol. Considering the fact that you are probably having more outdoor exposure compared to a puppy, I would say the puppy has a greater risk of catching rabies from you, not the other way round. Dogs do not automatically contract rabies, they have to be exposed to the disease.
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Not unless your puppy has been exposed to rabies, which is not likely. That is the only way that you can get rabies, is by being bit by an animal that has rabies. Most puppies are very playful and bite in a playful way. But, no, you can not 'automatically' get rabies.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
21 Aug 08
Don't worry. If your puppy hasn't been bitten by a mammal with rabies, he can't have it. Only mammals can get rabies. Being a puppy, they usually get hurt really bad when they are bitten. You would know it got attacked. Puppies with rabies don't live very long. At the city pound, we quarantine all puppies that are anonymously dropped up for a 1 month rabies watch. 1 month is longer than necessary, but they want to be sure. If the person drops the puppy off and it's theirs and has been with them for a month, there is nothing to worry about and it can go for adoption right away. If you puppy were to die suddenly, I would worry. You would need to have it examined by the vet or take the series of shots yourself. Human rabies shots are kinda expensive and your arm hurts for a few days after the shot, but it's no big deal. It's 6 shots in the arm, one every few weeks. I have had the pre-exposure shots because I work with rescue animals and some have unknown rabies status. This reminds me I need to go and get my 3 year rabies booster shot.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
21 Aug 08
Hi! Well not that easily that you'll be infected with rabbies but I suggest you should be very careful not to let him scratch you're skin with he's teeth. If ever your skin was scratch wash it with anti bacterial soap over a ruuning water and some antiseptic. Whats your pet's breed anyway? Mine is a shih-tzu, 7 and 5 years old.
@dagda24 (367)
21 Aug 08
I wouldn't worry too much, you'd notice quite quickly if he had rabies, and also if you did. There's not much of it around these days and if he's not had all of his jabs he shouldn't really be allowed out other than in your garden, meaning the chances of him picking it up are very slim. If you are worried in way then you should talk to your veterinarian, who will be able to provide you with all of the relevant information. Also, I'm not sure if you can get it from scratches, it might just be bites.