Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

168 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Got a nail scratch from a non vaccinated dog. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Akhilesh Dubey

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1986

Answered : 2094 Questions

Posted on Thu, 3 Jan 2013 in Infections
Question: i had a small dog nail scratch on my hand two months before and it has died after one month . but before dying it has bit small puppy, after biting, one and half month later.that puppy is acting like mad and trying to bite everyone.both dogs were not vaccinated against i want to know whether i should take rabbis vaccination or what are the actions i should take?. its almost two months for today after the nail scrach.
Answered by Dr. Akhilesh Dubey 1 hour later

Thanks for sharing your concern.

I went through the details submitted. You reported that you had a nail scratch by dog 2 month back and dog died due to unknown cause and the small puppy is behaving madly. I can understand your apprehension. In such cases, ideally the puppy should be humanly killed and brain is tested for Negri bodies, if positive it confirms rabies.

As rabies has no cure, we suggest vaccination for any suspicious exposure. Usually it is bite and exposure to saliva which transmits virus. The chances of transmission are very, very rare through scratch wounds. However in your case, I would suggest you to take post exposure vaccination at the earliest - active vaccination with HDCV on day 0.3,7,14 and 28.

Passive immunization with human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) is unlikely to be useful now.

Hope this information helps you and if you have any further query I will be available to answer that.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Akhilesh Dubey 1 hour later
where to test the negri bodies of dogs brain. puppy is drinking little little water , and reduced food taking. but not showing any fear while showing water.
Answered by Dr. Akhilesh Dubey 26 minutes later
Hi and thanks again,

You may report to the nearest veterinary centre about your suspicious of animal rabies. They should be able to take the further steps to diagnose/confirm the possibility.

However if you were to be my patient, I would suggest the other simplest alternative i.e. taking post exposure prophylaxis with active vaccination. As mentioned in my earlier reply HDCV vaccine on day 0, 3,7,14, and 28 taken intramuscularly should lower the chances of you getting rabies.

I hope this answer clarifies your doubts and allays all your fears. Let me know if you have any other concerns.
If there are no follow-ups, please close this discussion.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics ,  

Recent questions on  Vaccine

doctor1 MD

My name is Michael Morin, and I m 54 years old. At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. I was told I had heart disease that was similar to an 80 year old. I also had diabetes. I had just left the Marine Corps Reserve a year earlier. I joined the Marines at age of 17. I received a number of vaccinations in boot camp, one of which was the smallpox vaccine. When I left boot camp for R and R, I went home where joined in a game of pick up football. I began to have tightness in my chest and I was short of breath. I used to believe my problem developed from some sort of virus I got from the air-jet vaccination gun the service used, but now after speaking to one doctor by chance. Now I believe my problems were from the smallpox vaccination. I have been fighting an up hill battle with the Veterans Administration on compensation and treatment for the past 30 plus years, because of the lack of help from the medical field. I need to fine evidence and were to fined it. Who know more about what adverse effects smallpox vaccines cause and who can help me with my case. Thank you, Michael Morin

doctor1 MD

hi, my son is 1 year &1 month 9.6kg. 76 cm. now .he had a jaundice when he was a newborn until 6months he had series of test in SGOT 222U/L, 279U/L, 272 U/L, SGPT 116U/L, 284U/L, 439U/L,293U/L, 615U/l, 82U/L , 247U/L. the result was always high . are the antibiotics, vaccines or other medicines he take affects the test results? how could to reduce or lower down the sgpt. what are the foods to eat to reduce it.. please helr my son.. thank you very much..

doctor1 MD

I have several small itchy bumps in skin for past 5 or so days.. At first, I thought mosquito bites. The first one is blistered right now. I just noticed an itchy red spot on my neck. They re individual bumps - 3 on right arm, 1 on neck, I on back of head, 1 on chest. I m 63, had the shingles vaccine, and they re itchy, not painful. Wondering what it could be... Also, I care for 92 year old mother and 11 month old grandson often. Could I have something contagious?

doctor1 MD

Hello Doctor, My Son Completed 9 Months we had taken mesels Vaccine after a weekdays we found some rash on his body we consult a doctor she said those were mosquito bites but there is no change after 3 days also. 2. He having motions frequently we are not able find any growth. pls advise us

doctor1 MD

I am 38 years old and was scratched by a stray dog 2 days ago. Since I have been bitten by a dog before, I know the drill. I went to buy Rabipur but as it was unavailable, I bought Vaxirab N. Now, I know that I need to take 5 dosage of Vaxirab N...

doctor1 MD

Hi, I am Amit. I have an open wound in my fingers. 2 days ago, I think but I am not sure, a stray dog licked it mistakenly. Should I take anti - rabies injection. I have been bitten 4 years ago and took the injection. Since Rabipur isn't...

doctor1 MD

I have had shingles twice and had treatment and the shingles vaccine . My shingles were on the left side of my body, under the breast and around my back to the spine, I now have nerve pain , but it has now moved to my right breast and is extremely...