It’s Unlikely for You to Get Rabies from Vaccinated Dogs


While no vaccination can be considered 100% effective, it’s very, very unlikely for you to get rabies from a vaccinated dog. If you’ve been bitten by a vaccinated dog, you are more likely to need an antibiotic treatment than a treatment for rabies transmission.

The one instance when the risk of rabies transmission might be higher would be when a dog is long overdue his rabies booster. The vaccine essentially tells a dog’s body how to recognize a rabies virus and build an immune response against it. Over time, the effectiveness of the vaccine will wear off and this would be when a booster vaccine is required.

Dogs that had a single-year rabies vaccine would require annual boosters. Despite the risk of transmission being low, we would side on the err on the side of caution and visit your GP if you have been bitten by a vaccinated dog. You might need antibiotics to prevent an infection from spreading.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.
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