Rabies In Dogs

Rabies In Dogs

Rabies in dogs is a fatal disease, caused by a virus that enters the body through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. Because the virus is transmitted through saliva, an infected animal can transmit the disease even if the saliva only touches an open wound. The rabies virus travels to the brain, causing inflammation.

Dogs can be vaccinated against rabies, but there’s no treatment once the disease takes hold.

Changes in behavior are common in rabid animals. A normally friendly dog with rabies might become unusually aggressive or attack people or other animals without warning. Shy dogs can become uncharacteristically affectionate. The classic sign of rabies is frenzied, vicious behavior.

Because the dog is unable to swallow, he drools or foams at the mouth. Paralysis develops in later stages.


What Happens If Your Dog Is Bitten

If a rabies-vaccinated dog is bitten by a rabid or potentially rabid animal, the dog should be re vaccinated immediately, preferably within 72 hours. The dog must then be quarantined according to local or state ordinances. , generally between 30 and 90 days. If an unvaccinated dog is bitten, he must either be euthanized or quarantined for six months without human or animal contact.

If he shows no signs of developing rabies, he must be vaccinated one month before release from quarantine.

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Dog Bible by Kristin Mehus-Roe


4 thoughts on “Rabies In Dogs”

  1. While I agree that rabies in dogs is dangerous. I have two dogs myself and since I live in the woods both have been vaccinated on time. But if they are vaccinated why then must they be revaccinated and quarantined? Isnt the rabies vaccination originally protection enough? Perhaps you could shed a little more light on that please.Looking forward to your response.

    • Thank you for your comments.  From what I understand, the revaccination is too strengthen your dog’s immunity, especially if it’s been a while.  Not all dogs respond well. The initial may actually be enough, but it’s a precaution that would probably be wise to take to make sure your dog is safe.  Have a great day!

  2. This article gives me memories of my childhood.  I recall the British media blaming a French lady for taking her poodle back from North Africa to France and introducing rabies into mainland Europe.  I suspect the story was a little unfair.  But as a result. we were taught as children to be careful with dogs when travelling to Europe. Thank you for reminding me of this horrible disease and to be careful if our dog is ever bitten. Is rabies endemic now on every Continent?

    • Thank you for your comments.  Rabies is everywhere as I know, but there may still be remote islands that don’t have it.  I wasn’t aware of how rabies actually began in Europe.  Thank you for that.  Have a good day!


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