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seychelles311 March 29th, 2013 01:26 AM

Rabies Fear
I adopted a dog from the humane society with an unknown vaccination history. 7 days ago, she got too excited when I gave her a treat and nipped my hand. The bite was very small and has already healed. I took her to the vet today to get a checkup and her vaccinations. I told the vet what happened with the bite, and she did a full checkup and administered her vaccines, including her rabies shot.

I've heard that you should wait 10 days after a bite to vaccinate your dog, but she assured me that she appeared healthy after 7 days and it would be ok. Is she wrong? Why are you not supposed to vaccinate your dog during the 10 day waiting period? Is the vaccination somehow going to mask her symptoms if she did have rabies, and am I now at risk of not knowing that she has it and contracting it? She appears completely healthy and is very even tempered. I'm worried, and I don't know enough about rabies vaccines to know if my vet made the right choice. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

pattymac March 29th, 2013 10:07 AM

If neither of you are showing any symptoms I really wouldn't worry. How long was she in the shelter? Likely at least 3 days so it's been more than 10 days and neither of you are showing symptoms. Honestly I would not be in the least bit worried. If she was a feral dog and out running wild then maybe I'd be a bit worried.

Barkingdog March 29th, 2013 10:12 AM


Here a web site with rabies symptoms in dogs. I think if your vet had any doubt about your dog having rabies they would had called the ACO on the spot.

seychelles311 March 29th, 2013 10:30 AM

Pattymac, that's a good point, she was in the shelter for about a week, so it definitely has been more than 10 days. Thank you barkingdog for the link, my dog definitely doesn't have any of these symptoms.

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