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My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:29:47 PM »
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so my dog scratched my gum and I don't know if it bled or not but it hurts when I run my tongue over it. My dog has been vaccinated from the disease but I believe it was over a couple of years ago (He is just over 4 years old). I live in the UK and have read various things that the UK is rabies free and has been for quite some time, but I still have that constant fear that I could have rabies. I know that it's nearly always 100% fatal. :(

Am I over thinking things? Please help mee
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 07:33:48 PM »
Well first question would be... Does your dog have rabies?

And if your dog does have rabies did he scratch your gum with his teeth/mouth?

If it's a paw scratch, rabies isn't going to be transmitted in that manner.

It's transmitted through saliva.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 07:42:15 PM »
He doesn't seem to have rabies. He's acting pretty normal to me.

Plus, I have heard that scratching can also transmit rabies. There may be saliva on his paw/nail.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 08:45:17 PM »
You don't have rabies. Extremely rare disease and almost never in domestic pets. Even if their shots aren't up to date.

However if you haven't already, wash out your mouth with listerine or something like it to kill any germs or bacteria (but I don't think anything will happen).
 
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 10:44:11 PM »
You would know if your dog had rabies. And the vaccine lasts much longer than the 1-3 years they pretend it does to get you to take your dog to the vet often. I have my dog tittered every year (they check her blood for the rabies antibodies) and it's been 6 years since her last booster and she's still protected.

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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 10:49:06 PM »
It's highly unlikely you have rabies.

1. Most cases of rabies occur in Africa and Asia
2. Your dog is domestic, plus he/she was given shots two years ago
3. Most cases of rabies occur in undomesticated pets or animals exposed to extremely dirty conditions
4. The likelihood of saliva on a paw is slim
5. The size and location of the cut is not hard to clean; use mouthwash - in addition, saliva would have likely washed away any bacteria if you ran your tongue over it
6. Your dog is acting normal. Symptoms do not take long to appear. He would be exhibiting neurological signs and symptoms
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 04:03:39 AM »
Okay so... I found out that he has never had a rabies jab from the vet which is worrying.

But still, he is showing no symptoms and he rarely goes out unless he needs to do his business. What's giving me hope is that we (UK) are apparently rabies free. I hope that includes foxes and the like in the wild.

Thanks for the responses guys.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 04:05:49 AM »
Your pretty teeth will be fine. :yes:


Have a goodnight/day in the UK.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 04:30:07 AM »
Your pretty teeth will be fine. :yes:


Have a goodnight/day in the UK.

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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 07:06:07 AM »
The only way he could get rabies was to have been bit by a wild animal and since he doesn't go out AND the UK is rabies free, stop your worrying, you'll turn into me!   :laugh3:
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 12:06:57 PM »
stop your worrying, you'll turn into me!   :laugh3:

Then you'd wish you had gotten rabies.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
The only way he could get rabies was to have been bit by a wild animal and since he doesn't go out AND the UK is rabies free, stop your worrying, you'll turn into me!   :laugh3:
I don't know if he's ever been bitten by a wild animal though. :( There was one time about 1-2 months ago where he was acting very strange and quiet and was limping... after a couple of days he turned back into his usual self. My family thinks he may have fallen down the stairs or something as he was fine before we left the house that day and then when we came back a couple of hours later, he was acting strange. Should that be a cause for concern? He's back to his usual lively self though.

also, I've now got a sore throat and apparently that is a symptom of rabies! :( I went to the doctor today and he tried to reassure me that he thinks I do not have it.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 08:10:07 PM »
If your dog had rabies you'd KNOW it and he'd be dead.  So don't worry about that.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2014, 08:21:21 PM »
Ugh... still scared about this.

I think my dog is okay... he's acting normal (I think..). Since my anxiety about this disease is heightened I keep thinking he's doing unusual things but my sister says that he's acting the same as he normally does.

BUT I still have this sort of sore throat! It doesn't necessarily feel like a normal sore throat to me... I can swallow fine and eat and drink it's just a weird tingly sensation that's there when I think about it. Also, it feels like my throat passage has gotten a little swollen.

I'm freaking out about this. I researched that in the UK the rabies dog vaccine is not required by law as we are apparently, rabies free. We can still vaccinate them, but it is compulsory to give them the shot if we leave the British isles.

It's been just over 3 days since he scratched me. I'm getting so freaking paranoid.
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Re: My dog scratched my gum and I think it bled... Rabies?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2014, 06:45:08 PM »
Anyone? :( I now have a cold, sore throat and a blocked/runny nose. I've spoken to 3 doctors and they have told me the chance of me catching rabies is very slim. Last known case in the UK that was CAUGHT in the UK was in 1922. But why have I suddenly got symptoms of cold/flu a day after my dog scratched me? They're all symptoms of rabies...
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