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no , you dont "NEED" a tetnus shot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Back up. YES, you can get tetanus from a dog bite. However, no one ever "needs" a tetanus shot. Has this person ever had a shot before? If not, then one shot after the fact won't do. You need at least 3 tetanus shots in order to develop immunity. If this person has had tetanus shots before, when was the last one? In America, they recommend a shot every ten years, but this probably isn't necessary. In the UK, after you've had 5 shots, they don't see the need for more boosters. (At least it used to be that way - is it still?) So, has your friend had at least 3 shots, one within the last ten years? If so, then definitely no shot necessary. If the last one was over ten years ago and your friend fears tetanus, then maybe (s)he will want to get a shot. Obviously, that's a personal decisions.
 

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well that's assuming the shot prevents tetanus to begin with.<br><br>
nope..I wouldn't get a shot.<br><br>
Make the wound bleed and she'll be fine.
 

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Thanks! He went over to Urgent Care because it was on his hand and he wanted to make sure nothing was severed. They just washed it out and it was over with.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice!
 

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And they didn't recommend a tetanus shot? I'm shocked!<br><br>
Fyi, the urgent care facility is obligated by law to report the bite, so expect that the owner will be receiving a surprise visit from animal control. They may put the dog on "house arrest" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> for 10 days or so.
 

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Just my experience,<br><br>
I had several dog bites a few years ago, two of them needed stitches, I was asked if I wanted a tetanus shot, I declined, and the dr said, well, it's your choice.<br><br>
The wounds bled well and I wasn't worried about tetanus.
 
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