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If a Dog Shows These Signs, Be Careful, It May Have Rabbies

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Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals including dogs, cats and humans. Though preventable, it is the major cause of death from dog bites. An estimated 50,000 people die of rabies every year around the world. It is the major reason why people fear dogs and their bites.

Rabies are preventable by good handling of your dog, cat or other pets. You should prevent them from association with other animals that may have rabies. Rabies can also be prevented through vaccination of your animals.

The rabies virus is secreted through the saliva of the infected animal and can be passed to other animals that are bitten by the infected animal.

Signs that a dog may have rabies

1. Restlessness or Apprehension

Initially, a dog who becomes infected may show extreme behavioural changes such as restlessness and apprehension.

2. Aggression

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3. Barking and attacking other animals even inanimate objects

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When your dog suddenly changes behaviour and start barking and attacking other animals in an unusual way, be careful!. Rabied dogs may also attack inanimate objects like cracking of stones, rocks and other non living objects.

4. Hypersensitive to touch, light and sound

Rabied dogs react exceptionally to light, touch and sound. They will not want to be touched and hear sudden sounds even when it comes from their owner. They also avoid light and choose to stay in dark.

5. Foaming in the Mouth

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Paralysis of the throat and jaw muscle may follow resulting to foaming in the mouth.

7. Disorientation, incoordination and staggering

This is a later stage in rabies that is caused by paralysis of the hind limb.

8. Finally Loss of Appetite, Seizures, weakness and sudden death.

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