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Old 11-06-2017, 01:00 AM
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That's what scares me out of my mind. It can still happen. She doesn't have to stay at a vet. She's with me at home. They just told me to keep an eye on her and in case anything seems off during this 10 days i have to bring her in. Once again she's showing no signs of rabies. Still can't stop freaking out.
Why don't you get a rabies titer done? That will show immunity, and hopefully ease your mind. Like others have said, it's unlikely that she has rabies.
I didn't know that i could do that. It should have been offered to me by vet but he hasn't said anything. I'm going to call him and ask if it can be done. Thank you.
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Not all vets do them. You may need to call around and find one that does. Vaccines are a huge part of a vets income, so many traditional ones will likely try to talk you out of doing titers. If yours can't or won't, you may need to find a holistic one who will.
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Not all vets do them. You may need to call around and find one that does. Vaccines are a huge part of a vets income, so many traditional ones will likely try to talk you out of doing titers. If yours can't or won't, you may need to find a holistic one who will.

i have called all the vet clinics in Tbilisi and none of them do that. only one clinic told me that they could take the sample of dogs blood and then they would send it to Berlin for results. the result would be back in about a month. not helpful in my situation.
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today is 10th day since the bite. she looks and acts fine. eating drinking playing pooping peeing and biting just as usual. so I guess we are in the clear right? no need to keep panicking about rabies. thank you all for your replies. it really has helped me calm down a little bit.
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i have called all the vet clinics in Tbilisi and none of them do that. only one clinic told me that they could take the sample of dogs blood and then they would send it to Berlin for results. the result would be back in about a month. not helpful in my situation.
Wow, a month? Here in the US, we get the results in minutes, while still at the vets office.
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today is 10th day since the bite. she looks and acts fine. eating drinking playing pooping peeing and biting just as usual. so I guess we are in the clear right? no need to keep panicking about rabies. thank you all for your replies. it really has helped me calm down a little bit.
I would have to believe at this point you are fine as far as your pup having rabies. As I said, I would stop just short of saying an inoculated dog can not contract rabies, but its certainly an unlikely scenario. If the biting doesn't get better, I would certainly get a qualified trainer involved. Dogs can be trained to not bite, with the right trainer and positive reinforcement.
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Wow, a month? Here in the US, we get the results in minutes, while still at the vets office.
Not for rabies though. Only a few labs do the FAVN (or RFFIT) testing, which is the rabies titer. KSU, for example, says 3-4 weeks, and IME (have known a few dogs exported to Hawaii who had to have a titer) that has been the case. Also, I don't know how reliably the titer can determine immunity vs exposure vs active infection?

My understanding is that the reason most areas implement a 10 day quarantine is that progression of the infection means that if the virus is present in a dog's saliva on a given day, it will have begun affecting the brain and dog will be symptomatic within 10 days. Animals can be exposed, but not symptomatic for a greater period than 10 days, which is why the quarantine period is much longer and more strict for unvaccinated animals- in my area if an unvaccinated dog has potentially been exposed to a rabid animal, they require euthanasia or a 6 month quarantine period by either a veterinary or animal control facility to observe for symptoms.

It may help put your mind at ease to speak with your vet regarding the likelihood that your dog would actually have rabies. For example, in my area, the odds of a given dog not developing immunity due to vaccines AND encountering a rabid animal to become infected are quite low, but things may be different where you are, particularly if there is a large stray animal population. They will have a better idea as to the actual level of risk in your locality.
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Not for rabies though. Only a few labs do the FAVN (or RFFIT) testing, which is the rabies titer. KSU, for example, says 3-4 weeks, and IME (have known a few dogs exported to Hawaii who had to have a titer) that has been the case. Also, I don't know how reliably the titer can determine immunity vs exposure vs active infection?

My understanding is that the reason most areas implement a 10 day quarantine is that progression of the infection means that if the virus is present in a dog's saliva on a given day, it will have begun affecting the brain and dog will be symptomatic within 10 days. Animals can be exposed, but not symptomatic for a greater period than 10 days, which is why the quarantine period is much longer and more strict for unvaccinated animals- in my area if an unvaccinated dog has potentially been exposed to a rabid animal, they require euthanasia or a 6 month quarantine period by either a veterinary or animal control facility to observe for symptoms.

It may help put your mind at ease to speak with your vet regarding the likelihood that your dog would actually have rabies. For example, in my area, the odds of a given dog not developing immunity due to vaccines AND encountering a rabid animal to become infected are quite low, but things may be different where you are, particularly if there is a large stray animal population. They will have a better idea as to the actual level of risk in your locality.
our vet has all titer results back in a matter of about 15-20 minutes. Including rabies.
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My experience of rabies. I was working in Uganda and had been away for the weekend. When I got home the compound puppy I had befriended seemed poorly. I picked him up to take to the vets and he bit me. Even then I didn't think 'rabies'. However, when I put him in the landrover later to take to the vets he turned into a wild thing - tearing at the seats. Will never forget his face at the windows I later found that he had been attacking animals in the village that weekend. I also found out that a guy had been going round the village giving fake vaccinations. When in a more docile state the dog was put in a shed where he howled all night then died We couldn't find the person with a gun to shoot him. Me I was taken to the doctor in Kampala where I was given the first of a course of injections. I might be wrong, but I believe that if you begin treatment before symptoms appear you will be OK. Also the higher up the bite is, the quicker it progresses. There was a family from Zaire living in the same compound. The kids had befriended the dog and apparently even a lick over broken skin is risky so I insisted that everyone have precautionary vaccinations. It was probably overkill but rabies is not to be messed with.
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