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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-14-2007, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bit by a squirrel!

I just got bit by a squirrel. It was my fault, I shouldn't have been feeding him. The squirrels in my yard are really tame and wait for us to come out and feed them. We've never had a problem before today. I went out with a handful of peanuts and he got too eager and bit my fingertip instead of a peanut. It broke the skin but only very lightly. It bled a drop or two. I scrubbed it immediately with antibacterial soap. It wasn't a "mean" bite at all, he just wanted the peanut. So it was a provoked bite. I am very familiar with this squirrel and he was not acting any different from usual. The fact that he was eating peanuts sort of says to me that he doesn't have the main feature of rabies (inability to swallow). I looked up info about the rabies risk with squirrels and everything I've found indicates that rabies shots are only needed if the bite was unprovoked or the squirrel charged at them. It said that squirrels very rarely carry rabies and have not caused any known cases of rabies in the US. No doctor's offices (or the hospital ER) are open in my town today.

Should I be worried? I'm not really worried about it at this point (I can barely tell where the bite was on my finger anymore). I had a tetanus shot about three years ago. Any help would be appreciated I'm a nursing student but we sure haven't covered Squirrel-Related Injuries yet, haha.
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i woudlnt be worried. if you are, go get a tetanus shot :p but i wouldn't worry

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i think u'll be fine. on out campus at college we have TONS of squirrels and they nip/bite ppl all the time trying to get a lil more for lunch One day while at the dr.'s on campus the nurse was trying to make me feel better and told me that at least once a week they have someone come in w/a bite from a squirrel and no one's ever had rabies, etc.
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Chantelle - I know that in the US there is little if any known rabies in the squirrel population, but I don't know about Canada.

My suggestion would be that you continue to take care of the "wound"; keep it clean and maybe put some antibiotic cream or ointment on it. Infection is always a possibility with any animal bite. Watch it to make sure that you don't develop any swelling or redness; if that happens get yourself to the doctor for some oral antibiotics.

Do you have a government agency like our Fish and Wildlife? Personally, I would call and ask "for a friend" about rabies in squirrels, what to do for a bite, etc.

It's great that your squirrels will come and eat from your hand - even if they do get a bit over-stimulated sometimes!! And I bet it would be kind of hard to pick out which one bit you now. Keep an eye on your group and if one starts to act more "squirrelly" than the rest you may want to put on some heavy gloves and try to isolate him for a few days.

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Take care and be sure to let us know how you are in a few days!

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I'll definitely keep an eye on the wound. I called the health dept and they said that they only give post-exposure vaccines for squirrel bites very rarely, and only in extreme circumstances. So I'm just keeping an eye on it for now It has closed up completely (it was a really superficial puncture) and has no pain.

I'll be watching my little squirrel clan just to make sure, as well I've had really tame squirrels for years and they're usually really sweet little things but yeah, they get a little over eager at times. Thanks for the advice!
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once I got bit by a chipmunk! lol

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I wouldn't be worried either
Squirrels are cute xD I see them a LOT.
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Yeah, those little buggers can bite HARD. It felt the same as when I got nipped by my degu (got in the middle of a degu fight, bad idea). I'm actually surprised it wasn't deeper. I think I probably made it worse by yanking my hand away instead of waiting for him to let go (which tore it).
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Just see if YOU feel any different. If you do then contact some health department immediatly. Other then that, if you have a tetnus shot then don't worry.

One time I was bit by my rat. I went in to the ER to get a tetnus shot. The nurse called animal control and he gave me all this crap and said, your rat has to be PTS and blah blah blah...I just said...well rats don't carry rabies!!!

I've known people to take care of wild squirrels also.

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I just got bit by a squirrel. It was my fault, I shouldn't have been feeding him. The squirrels in my yard are really tame and wait for us to come out and feed them. We've never had a problem before today. I went out with a handful of peanuts and he got too eager and bit my fingertip instead of a peanut. It broke the skin but only very lightly. It bled a drop or two. I scrubbed it immediately with antibacterial soap. It wasn't a "mean" bite at all, he just wanted the peanut. So it was a provoked bite. I am very familiar with this squirrel and he was not acting any different from usual. The fact that he was eating peanuts sort of says to me that he doesn't have the main feature of rabies (inability to swallow). I looked up info about the rabies risk with squirrels and everything I've found indicates that rabies shots are only needed if the bite was unprovoked or the squirrel charged at them. It said that squirrels very rarely carry rabies and have not caused any known cases of rabies in the US. No doctor's offices (or the hospital ER) are open in my town today.

Should I be worried? I'm not really worried about it at this point (I can barely tell where the bite was on my finger anymore). I had a tetanus shot about three years ago. Any help would be appreciated I'm a nursing student but we sure haven't covered Squirrel-Related Injuries yet, haha.

I was bit by a mouse and i called animal controll they will let you know if the squirrels in your state have rabies

they told me there are no mice in my area that have rabies and not to worry

that was last year and im still alive lol
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-15-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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Carissa that was random... haha anyways, im sure your fine, keep us updated
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no it wasnt random...they were tlaking about getting bit and i said i got bit once.

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How are you feeling today? I am sure you will be fine. I think it very unusual for squirrels to carry rabies. When my sister got bite but a wild mouse (she was trying to pick up to get out of the house since the cat had him cornered) the doctor told her to call the vet. You could call a vet for his opinion. Our vet told her (after getting over laughing at her) not to worry. Mice really are not known to carry rabies. Piece of advice - if you see a mouse being cornered by a cat and deciding to stand on his back legs to fight back do NOT try and pick him up bare handed. He is apparently a fiesty little mouse!

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