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Can being liked by a pet dog cause any infection in a child?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: 6 days ago, my son was licked on the hand,nose and mouth by a small dog that was in a persons car. The owner who was in the car told him "its ok she wont hurt you". I do not know this dog at all nor have anyway of finding it. My son has a small cut on his thumb-i do not think the dog bit him but he may have had the cut when the dog licked him. He has no cuts in his mouth or nose that I can see. What about rabies? Should he have the vaccine?
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (20 minutes later)
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Dog Lick

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Hello. Thank you for your question. This is a very common occurrence. I wouldn't worry about a dog who was with the owner at the time of the incident. This is as opposed to a stray dog. I recommend treating the cut like I would any other abrasion. Application of any over the counter antibiotic ointment, 2 to 3 times per day.
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Brief Answer: Dog Lick Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for your question. This is a very common occurrence. I wouldn't worry about a dog who was with the owner at the time of the incident. This is as opposed to a stray dog. I recommend treating the cut like I would any other abrasion. Application of any over the counter antibiotic ointment, 2 to 3 times per day.