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Old 01-13-2008, 10:09 PM   #1
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My MIL was attacked by a wild cat last week and had to go to the Emergency room. She said all they did was give her a Tetanus shot. She was bitten pretty badly on the back of the head/neck. I was just wondering the risk for Rabies since this was a wild cat who has been roaming the neighborhood for quite some time. Would a Tetanus shot take care of it if the cat DID have rabies? Should she go back to the Dr. and get a Rabies shot just to be on the safe side?

I don't know much about this so any information would be helpful!

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Old 01-14-2008, 11:18 AM   #2
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Re: Rabies?

A tetanus shot will not prevent rabies. She should ask her doctor if she is at risk.

In some areas/animals, rabies is very rare. I don't know what the probability of getting it from a wild cat bite where you live is.

Old 01-14-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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Re: Rabies?

Ditto, janewhite! If your MIL was bitten by a wild animal, I would think she'd have to have rabies shots to be safe. She needs to contact her own physician. I would rather be safe than sorry. It's better not to take chances.

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Re: Rabies?

did they catch the cat to test it? I looked it up and cats CAN get rabies. I'd call county health or the doc and get more info. Rabies is fatal if not treated immediately.

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