How To Tell If Your Dog Has Rabies

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Dogs are some of the most adorable creatures ever. They are so loyal that they should do anything for you, even jump into the fire if it meant saving you. They’d do it without question or complains. There are certain conditions that can affect dogs. Some of these conditions are serious, some even fatal. One of these conditions is Rabies.Rabies is very deadly and has very slight chances of survival. Knowing whether your dog has been infected with rabies can help you protect your family and other pets from infection.

What are the initial warning signs of rabies?

The rabies virus progresses in phases. The pets who have been infected could experience 1, 2 or even 3 of the phases. The earliest phase of the disease most-commonly exhibits these symptoms:

  • Apprehension
  • Restlessness
  • Aggression
  • Fever
  • Biting, chewing, or licking where he was infected through bite
  • Shyness
  • Snapping or biting
  • Docile behavior (unusual if you have an otherwise healthy and active dog)
  • Irritability
What are the progressive warning signs of rabies?

As the virus makes its way from the muscles to the saliva glands, spinal cord, and the brain, your pet will start showing different signs. These symptoms are usually associated with the final 2 phases of the rabies virus.

  • Unusually sensitive to sound, light, or even touch
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Jaw that always hangs open
  • Heavy breathing
  • Eating odd items
  • Choking motions or sounds
  • Staggering or paralysis in one or more of the hind legs
  • Hiding from light
  • Unable to control throat movements
  • Foaming from the mouth
  • A loss or change in appetite and eating habits
  • Difficulty with coordination and disorientation
  • Fear of liquids
  • Weakness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Trembling
  • Seizures

Symptoms start manifesting themselves from 10 days after the initial bite. Sometimes it could take months before your dog starts properly showing symptoms of rabies. Don’t think your dog won’t get rabies. Prevention is always the best treatment.

What can I do to prevent my dog from getting rabies?

The dogs who are most at risk of contracting the virus are the dogs that haven’t been vaccinated yet and are allowed to go outside without constant supervision. Vaccinate your dogs against rabies in order to save them from this deadly disease. Once the disease has spread and is at its last phases, your dog will no longer be the furry best friend that you love so much. He will be very dangerous and it will already be too late to save him by then.Always watch your dog when he goes outside. Keep him under constant supervision and always be wary of strays. Avoid all contact with wild animals. If you suspect that your dog has been infected, go to your vet’s office immediately.

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