(Closed) NWR: Am I going to get rabies after this?!?!?!?!?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Are you foaming out of the mouth yet?

 LOL just teasing, sorry ! Honestly, I think you are fine! If anything your dog  would be the one in question. I’m pretty sure you need to get bit phsycially for transmission….or would you know more as a nurse? lol

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I used to live in Cambridge and we had a bat wake us up in the middle of the night once (it got in through the attic).  It flew around my husband’s head before leaving the bedroom.  We couldn’t find it so it actually hung out in our apartment for two days until my husband finally caught it!  We started the rabies shot series but didn’t finish, and we’re fine.  We were told that if the bat is flying around and not looking sick, it’s very unlikely that it had rabies.  (We ended up having ours tested and it was clean.)  You could go to the doctor as a precaution, but it’s very unlikely that you could have been contaminated…plus the shots are very uncomfortable!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can get a “post-exposure” rabies vaccine if you’re worried, although I’ve never heard of someone getting one without a wound. I would talk to your doctor, it doesnt sound like there’s much chance of getting it, but rabies is not something to mess around with!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Yes, we started the shots because we couldn’t be certain that we weren’t bitten while asleep.  (Plus, since it lived with us for a few days, we didn’t know about other possible exposure.)  If you’re concerned about it, it doesn’t hurt to just get the shots for peace of mind!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Scary!  Honestly I’m surprised your vet doesn’t want to do a rabies booster.  Our dog got scratched and possibly bitten by a woodchuck and our vet mandated a rabies booster and 3 weeks of in-home quarantine.  I was really glad she did that!  Personally, I don’t think that insisting on a rabies booster for your dog is a bad idea.

You could get a post-exposure rabies vaccine if you wanted to.  It won’t harm you!   

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Bats have gotten a bad reputation with rabies. Raccoons are far more likely carriers than bats. Plus your dog was vaccinated and the vaccine is 95% effective, which is prety good for a vaccine.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

No. Youll be fine. Unless that bat had rabies and then bit you you will not contract it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You should call your animal control & ask if there have been any outbreaks of rabies & specifically in bats.

I got bit by a stray cat a few months ago, called animal control & there were reports of rabies in cats & bats in the area :(. I was pretty scared (couldn’t afford the rabies shots, but would have to do them if the cat had it, or I’d die). After quartentine, they said I had no risk of rabies from the cat bite.

I’d ask for the booster shot. Once animals show signs of rabies, its too late to save them :(.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Post exposure rabies vaccines are miserable. I got pre-exposure vaccinated before traveling to Asia, and am so glad I did that now. 3 easy shots is so much easier than the incredibly painful extra shots you get post-exposure. But, most insurance doesn’t cover it (ours did – we had great insurance through my husband’s job at Mass General Hospital. The series of shots cost $5). Pretty psyched that i’m covered for the next 10 years.

I think you’re fine – rabies transmission to humans is incredibly rare.

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