So, What's The Anti-Rabies Vaccinations of Dogs For?

@eichs1 (1934)
Philippines
September 25, 2009 4:33am CST
I'm baffled really. I thought, that when a dog have been regularly vaccinated against rabies, then it can be assumed that it is rabies free pet. That when a vaccinated dog accidentally bit a human, then there's no need to go to the rigid process of giving anti-rabies shots. But I was very wrong. Here in our country, whether your dog is anti-rabies vaccinated or not, when it bit somebody, the bitten person should take the necessary injections. This made me think, so what's the anti-rabies vaccination for? Can someone clear me on this issue please...
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9 responses
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Hello baffled eichs. I guess the answer for your question is simply to be careful, It does not necessarily mean that the vaccine has no effect but just to make sure that it really does not affect the human who was bitten. Have you seen a person who was rabies? They are very wild. I have seen a video like it. They captured the effects of rabies from a little boy. He looks very distracted and agitated. He was gasping because he doesn't like air and water. So the tendency is, he will die in within hours if the virus was not killed. So for double security, we vaccinate dogs and humans. This is all my opinion. Not theoretically real but mere belief.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
I got your point. But why are people bitten by a vaccinated and non-vaccinated dog treated the same way? Exactly the same way. More frustrating is that, the doctors and veterinarians answered me as if the anti-rabies vaccination has no effect at all. The simply said, "kahit pa may bakuna iyang aso mo, kailangan pa ring injectionan ang nakagat" (even if your dog is vaccinated, the bitten person should get anti-rabies injections). So why did I subjected my dog to a yearly injection that make him sick for a while if the vaccination has no effect at all?
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@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Sometimes I'm also confused about it. If the dog already vaccinated why we should bother to have anti-rabies if we are bitten. I'm don't know exactly the reason but to be safe you need to get the shot. You can also get the vaccine even if you are not bitten by dog.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
With such uncertainties, I am now having doubts of having my dog vaccinated this year. It's totally useless in my part. Instead of spending for vaccination fee every year, I will just allot the money for anti-rabies shots in case my dog bits another person in the future.
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@LdeL0318 (6481)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Now I'm also confused. lol =) All the while I thought that a vaccinated dog would be safe enough. Well I guess the reason why it's still necessary for a person who was bit by a dog to still take injections is to make sure that he would be safe from the bite.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
That's the reason the doctors told me when I brought someone to them for dog-bite treatment. I showed them the veterinary certificates of my my dog and carefully explained that my dog always stayed at home and have no contact with other dogs or cats or rats. But still, they insisted that the anti-rabies treatment should be given. But if the anti-rabies vaccination of dogs will not make them rabies free, then why should we spend time and money for such treatment. My dog even did not feel good for a day or two every after vaccinations.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
I am with you for the safety of humans. But the veterinarians or the anti-rabies advocates never informed us that the anti-rabies vaccines given to dogs are that useless. On the contrary, they explained that the vaccines will ensure that people will not get rabies when bitten by the treated dog. But I just recently found out that this is not the true.
@sanji66 (21)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
It is really use to prevent rabies for dogs. Did you know that if a human was suffer from the rabies disease there is a big possibility to die if not treated well. Not only that, there is also a possibility that your dog will die because of the reactions. Im not sure of the it. So, it is better to have your dog to be vaccinated at times. Hope this helps.
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• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Good question! Been thinking about that myself since my husband and two of my sons (in the space of a few months apart) have been bitten a couple of years ago by one of our dogs who have been vaccinated against rabies. When we went to RITM for consultation, they were all given several shots (that cost an arm and a leg!!!) and had to go back 2 more times to complete the process. The first time it happened, I was insisting to the doctor that our dog has been vaccinated (as I don't want to shell out the PhP5k for the injections LOL). He explained to me, in a tone as if speaking to a dumb child, that even if a dog has been vaccinated, a person bitten by it can still get rabies. He was saying something like it's protection for dogs, not people. Which, of course, made it doubly confusing. The end result is that I had my son injected with all the necessary shots. When my other son got bitten two months after, we went through the same procedure. By then, I don't want to come near the blasted dog. Another one and a half month later, my husband was bitten while he was feeding the ungrateful mutt. The fees were higher as hubby was heavier than the boys. That was it, I called the city pound and had them pick up the darn dog who happened to be good at scaring strangers. We were left with her puppies. Two weeks later, thieves stole our aluminum ladder because there's no longer a monster dog inside our yard :( But that is another story :p
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
What a story. I love dogs and my pet now is one of the best guard dog I have known. No one dares to intrude in our house because he barks loud and growl as if he's always ready to bit. The stealing incidents(someone took my brand new shoes before) in our house stopped when we got the dog. Actually, private veterinarians say that a 14 days observation period should be done before anti-rabies shots should be given. But medical doctors are saying different thing for prevention purposes. But treating a bite of a rabies-vaccinated dog the same way they treat a bite of a non-vaccinated dog defeats the main purpose of rabies vaccination.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
I guess it's extra money to shell out on the part of a pet owner. I am also amazed by your thread because its true that if you already vaccinated your dog, why should you spend more on anti-rabies injections for the victim. I suggest you call our local PAWS, they have their contact number in their website and they can perhaps give an answer to this question. And you then, have something new to share to your mylot friends with what you find out! I only have my cats spayed and neutered out of necessity. It is so untrue that cats will just keep on proliferating, thus increasing the cat population. Mother cats are also very delicate and lose their lives in giving birth to kittens. The same goes for dogs. So my stand on the spaying and neutering is not to control cat population, rather for the health of my cats. So many myths that are so untrue and unfair to our pets.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I am really wondering why everyone bitten by dog have to get anti-rabies shots. It is believed that out of 100 dog bites, only around three percent will get rabies. Well, we don't want anyone to be part of the few 3% that's why rabies vaccination for pets is introduced. But if we really look at it, rabies affects the animal first before it will ravage a bitten person. So there's a window here - a waiting period to see if the animal has a rabies - and the good thing is that, there are available anti-rabies boosters that can immediately arrest the spread of the virus. But that waiting period is not observed and 97% of the shots are nothing but a waste.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
Hmm. I think it's just for safety measures. I think you have to take tetanus shots as well. Maybe the vaccines are already expired or something... I don't know. But I'd rather not risk it, you know. It's better to be sure.
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• Philippines
12 Apr 13
An anti-rabies vaccination for dog is meant entirely for the dog. In its sense, the vaccine's effect will only be on the one injected (the dog). It is used to protect the dog from getting rabies from another rabies-carrier animal (i.e. dog or cat). In other words, if you were bitten by a dog you should still take an anti-rabies vaccination because the vaccine for your dog is only for your dog.
• Philippines
12 Apr 13
I have here a simple explanation. XD An anti-rabies vaccination for dogs is intended for the dog itself. In its sense, it was meant to protect the dog from getting rabies from a non-vaccinated animal (i.e. a dog or a cat). In other words, if you were bitten by a rabies carrier animal, you should still take an anti-rabies vaccine FOR YOU, so that you may protect yourself from the deadly effects of the rabies.
@mcdc29 (1)
• Philippines
29 Aug 12
i know where you're coming from... we have same sentiments, we even make our pets as harmless as we can and one good way is to complete their vaccines especially this anti rabies thing. i felt so upset when my cousin was bitten by my dog, where the last shot for her anti rabies vaccine (to complete it for her age) hasn't been given to her a week before the incident. i was really frustrated thinking why didn't i bring my pet to vet right away so even if she bit him, everything is gonna be fine, less worry, less money to spend. yup, i did gave money to his mom to at least share the fees for anti rabies vaccine for my cousin. my dog is really playful, then few months after, another incident happened when my same cousin was accidentally scratched by my dog. at this time his lower/inner part of her eye was slightly scratched by my dog's nail. it didn't even bleed, there was a little red mark on it plus, a scratch on his cheek. now, with panic, they brought the kid back to the hospital for another vaccine, (the first set of vaccine on the first incident wasn't completed - long story). sad part is, my dog then has a complete anti rabies vaccinations already, she never go along with other animal, she's just inside the house, the kid has at least anti rabies vaccine. then those people in the hospital would tell, "even if both parties have vaccines, just to be on the safe side, no matter the situation is, it's dog, we don't know, we have to be sure and have another anti rabies shot for your kid"... em i just throwing money for the vaccine fees of my dog? i'm trying to be a responsible pet owner but after knowing this, i'm sorry but i really can't understand...