Symptoms of Rabies In Dogs

Let's discuss about symptoms of rabies in dogs. Do you think you'd be able to tell if your dog had rabies, do you know the symptoms? Unfortunately, dogs sometimes gets rabies and it's a severe virus that be passed to you. Therefore, it's important to know more about rabies and its symptoms.

A dog can get rabies if bit by another animal that is a carrier, typically animals such as bat, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. The virus affects a dogs brain and central nervous system. If a dog isn't vaccinated for rabies and gets it, it is fatal.

Your dog is probably very loving and friendly, but rabies changes animals. Rabid animals are often aggressive and will attack. If your dog contracted rabies and you didn't know it they could be aggressive, bite you, and you'd be at risk of having rabies. Rabies is dangerous for people as well, luckily if you get bitten there are treatments.

So, what are the symptoms of rabies in dogs? Rabies can be tricky because it doesn't always develop immediately, it can actually take up to a month. Once symptoms start they progress rapidly so taking your dog to a veterinarian is the only option. There are various symptoms that a rabid animal may have. Common symptoms of rabies in dogs include paralysis, loss of coordination, fever, seizures, aggression, attack behavior, and pica.

If you know that your dog has be bitten by another dog or a wild animal take them to a veterinarian to get checked out. The animal may not have had rabies, but for your own safety you need to find out. If treated immediately your dog may be able to recover. However, for dogs that have never been vaccinated for rabies the virus will most likely be fatal. This is just one reason why annual veterinarian checkups are vital. If you take your dog to the veterinarian for regular checkups they can get all the proper vaccinations. 

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