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Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:31:33 PM »
So we adopted a 4 year old dog from a rescue this Mother's Day.about 10 days ago . I got all of her paperwork which has a rabies certificate. She has been playing but then sleeping a lot. No foaming at the mouth obviously but I have become increasingly worried that maybe this isn't the same dog on the paperwork- the rescue is a bit unorganized- I don't know they told me she was wormed as well and then I found out she has whipworms- which also can be caught by my family. She hasn't bitten anyone but certainly has kissed us a lot!
My vet said he wasn't worried- and I called the rescue and they said I was worrying too much- obviously they don't know me! Help what do I do from over worrying ? Please help me!!
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 10:40:20 PM »
Dogs sleep A LOT. That is their purpose in life!!! If that's your only sign, don't worry. And, don't worry otherwise. Dogs in the US don't really have rabies anymore....

I seriously doubt even a disorganized shelter would fail to give a rabies shot.
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 10:59:15 PM »
I trust you've never actually witnessed a rabid animal; they don't hide it very well.

Sleeping does not equate to rabid. Dogs sleep. Especially young dogs. Especially young dogs after having played.
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 11:43:30 PM »
Thanks for the replies- my worry started when I realized she had worms- disgusting but treatable- I don't know yet if I or my children have whipworms from her- thru saliva? No one seems worried except me - the tech at my vet stated "I have had many dogs kiss me and I never contracted it" but then I spoke to vet and he said " if u get stomach bug symptoms or see stuff in your poop then bring me stool samples" o my gosh this is so gross - imagine me telling my teenagers I need a stool sample?
This started my rabies fear. My dog has gone thru a lot- spayed on 5/6 wormed again on 5/19 needs to gain weight- so I understand the sleepiness but I'm worried it's a more serious disease.
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 07:00:17 AM »
Please anyone else?
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 10:14:51 AM »
How long have you had the dog?

If an animal is suspected to have rabies, the recommendation is a 10 day observation period. If the dog is healthy after the 10 days, no rabies because, in all likelihood, it would be dead.


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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2014, 11:14:57 AM »
Ok the dog has been in my home for 11 days and she was in the rescue from 4/17 to 5/11 -- she was very sleepy when we got her back to my home but she had just been spayed and then we found out that she had whipworm - a parasite so she had a heavy duty shot and medication. So I am thinking with all that stress on a dog would make her sleep more too? I'm trying so hard not to think rabies because I have two kids around her too!!
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2014, 12:05:02 PM »
Anybody else??
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2014, 12:29:26 PM »
Dogs are usually tireed after their shots and treatment for diffrent types of worms, for when we gave our dog treatment for round worm she slept all day and she was also being treated for eating a chicken bone, which is quite dangerous, just let your dog rest for she is just tired from all the treatment. As for rabies she would have been acting weird by now or dead by now, and if you have a rabies certificate than I think you're fine, rabies isn't a problem in the USA anymore.  :yes:
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2014, 01:06:09 PM »
I also suspect the stress of moving to a new home would make a dog sleepy. That poor dog has a lot going on. Plus, if she had rabies, she'd be dead already. The dog does not have rabies, just worms, which is a lot more common than rabies which is extraordinarily rare in the US!!!!!
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Re: Rabies fear with new dog in our home
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014, 01:44:11 PM »
Thank you all for your responses! I really appreciate your thoughts!
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