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