Rabies Symptoms In Dogs

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Rabies Symptoms in DogsIs your dog foaming at the mouth and acting erratic? Hope not but as a kid that is how the symptoms of dog rabies was always described to me! So, what should we really watch for to keep our furry friends healthy and up to date on their vaccines? And do we need to watch out for infected animals that may be of danger to not only our pets, but us as well? Learn more about rabies and what you should do if your dog is bitten by an infected animal.

What Are Rabies?

Rabies is a fast-moving virus that must be treated sooner rather than later or your dog will die. The first stage of the virus usually lasts 1-3 days. The dog then moves to one of the two types of rabies (paralytic or furious) or both. Sadly, some dogs may die without ever displaying any symptoms.

Furious Rabies

Dogs with furious rabies experience extreme behavioral changes. Dogs become aggressive and attack easily.

Paralytic Rabies

Paralytic rabies is also referred to as “dumb rabies”. Dogs suffering from this type experience weakness and loss of coordination and eventually paralysis.

How Do Dogs Get Rabies?

Rabies is secreted through saliva and can be passed to canines through a bite from an infected animal. Dogs can also be infected if they have a scratch or open wound that is exposed to contaminated saliva.

Rabies Symptoms In Dogs

Below are signs to look for.

  • Changes in attitude and behavior
  • Changes in bark
  • Dropped jaw
  • Excessive salivation
  • Extreme excitability
  • Fever
  • Hydrophobia
  • Paralysis
  • Pica (appetite for non-nutritious substances)
  • Seizures
  • Shyness or aggression
  • Unable to swallow
  • Uncoordinated

Signs Of Rabies In Dogs Infographic

Signs Of Rabies In Dogs Infographic

Rabies Vaccine For Dogs

The administration of rabies shots for dogs varies by state. Some states require the vaccine be given yearly while others call for it every 3 years. Be sure to check your states laws so you know the requirements for your canine. The vaccine will help prevent your dog from getting the virus so it’s extremely important to stay on top of it.

What Does A Dog With Rabies Look Like?

Below is a video of what a dog with rabies looks like. Warning: Seeing a dog in this condition can be difficult so proceed with caution in watching this video.

If you believe your dog has come into contact with an animal with rabies you should take her to the veterinarian immediately. A professional can asses your dog’s situation best and make sure she gets the care needed quickly.

Have you seen an animal with this virus? How did they act?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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