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Old 12-27-2013, 07:32 PM
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I have a 9 weeks old puppy who just bite my daughter's arm. There is no bleeding or visible puncture wound. However, I can see a scratch mark with a little redness. The dog has not had rabies vaccine since he is too young.

Should I take my daughter to ER for any treatment? like rabies shot?

I will be waiting for some answers.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:38 PM
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First of all calm down. Your daughter will be fine. There is no need to take her to the doctor.

Secondly, puppies bite. That's what they do. They play with other puppies with their mouths. They have to learn that using their mouths on us is not desirable.

In time your puppy can learn not to bite through training.
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Puppies bite constantly at this age. Personally I wouldn't worry about the rabies but I'm sure other members can speak more to the dangers of rabies in puppies. Just be prepared for the biting....they bite A LOT, especially in months 2-4! They're using their mouth to explore the world.
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I would say take her to or call your family doctor and go from there. Contact your vet as well for advice.

I do not think there is anything to worry about unless the puppy has been exposed to rabies itself. That is a small chance being a 9 week old pup.
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I'd like to second ZoesMom's post:

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First of all calm down. Your daughter will be fine. There is no need to take her to the doctor.

Secondly, puppies bite. That's what they do. They play with other puppies with their mouths. They have to learn that using their mouths on us is not desirable.
There is absolutely no need to rush your daughter to your doctor over a scratch. You probably don't even need a band-aid. Just clean the area and watch your puppy (and daughter) a little closer.
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:23 PM
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You would know if your dog had rabies. There is nothing to worry about. If there is ever a bite that is enough to cause bleeding (more than just a scratch) I'd recommend updating your tetanus shot, but that should be up to date on your child anyway.

Don't panic. I get accidentally scratched by my dogs and cats all the time when we play rough, and puppies certainly do tend to play rough. Work on teaching your dog to play nicer, but if there wasn't even a puncture then that's not a big deal at all. Kids tend to make a drama over the littlest things.
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I appreciate suggestions and advice from "ZoesMom", "Bigargylesock", "Plottfan", "mhop", and "Eskye."
The dog is very quiet, calm and playful. He was only outside for 5 minutes tonight ever since he was born. He has never engaged in contact with any other animals besides his parents and his siblings.
I did call my daughter's pediatrician who suggested very similar advice as you guys did. Thank you so so so much for your help.
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Emma, what country/region do you live in and where did you get your puppy?
I think everyone is answering based on the assumption you live in North America or Europe, but maybe you do not?
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great advice so far i would just like to add in a sort of caution about dogs and children. its REALLY important that you teach BOTH the dog and the child how to interact with each other. teach your daughter how and when to interact with him and that she has to respect his boundaries. depending on how old she is you may need to supervise in a completely hands-on fashion (as in you are literally hands-on the dog and the child) even well intentioned children can injure or frighten a dog, or just get him over-excited which leads to rough play. by facilitating their relationship as they both mature, you can help your daughter and the puppy learn to be great friends!

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If the dog has had no possible exposure to Rabies, then no worries.

Do take all of the advice above regarding kids and puppies. The puppy biting your child is really NEVER the puppy's fault.
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