Rabies in Dogs: As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to keep your dog healthy for the rest of his life.
Rabies is one of the most devastating diseases that can strike your four-legged friend.
Once rabies comes to your dog, it is possible to send it to anyone who has bitten it. This is an emergency, you need to take immediate action.
What is rabies?
In both humans and dogs, rabies is primarily an infectious disease of the brain and spinal cord.
This condition is transmitted through physical contact with other dogs, so knowing that your dog is in contact with a cruel dog may prompt you to seek treatment or immunization for the condition.
The virus is usually transmitted by biting, so if you find that your dog has unexplained lesions on your body, you need a good reason to take it to the vet.
In such cases, the main goal is to make sure the dog is not infected.
What are the major warning signs you should look for?
The best way to reduce the risk of rabies becoming complicated and causing illness is to know what to look for.
By looking at some of the signs of the disease, you can detect when the dog is initially infected, which will give you enough time to seek medical help before the condition worsens.
Some of these signs are:
- Volatility: When you notice that your dog is more irritable than usual, you should always evaluate it by the vet. It is special if there is no obvious reason to behave the way it is doing.
- Increased Aggression: Most dogs have a basic level of aggression. If it gets worse in a short time, it indicates a rabies infection and you should seek the services of a veterinarian immediately.
- Fever and Irritation: You can tell that your dog has a fever by feeling its body but it is more accurate if you use a pet thermometer to check the readings.
- Low activity levels: This is a unique sign of illness, but it is always advisable to take the dog to the vet for testing to make sure it is not rabies.
- Biting: When you notice a high tendency for the dog to bite or hit people, it may be a sign that the infection is in its early stages.
how long can a dog live with rabies?
Also note that the initial symptoms usually appear 10 days after the dog is infected.
Once the virus enters the dog’s body, it is reflected in the muscle cells and then spreads to nerve fibers, including all peripheral, sensory, and motor nerves.
It then spreads to the central nervous system through fluid in the nerves.
The virus takes about a month to develop, but after the onset of symptoms, the virus grows rapidly and develops in one of two forms.
- Paralysis form
- angry form
The initial symptoms last for one to three days and then most dogs reach the angry stage.
The paralysis stage or a combination of both, while others become infected without exhibiting major symptoms.
Furious rabies is characterized by extreme behavioral changes, including overt aggression and “aggressive” behavior.
Paralysis rabies involves weakness, loss of coordination and paralysis. If the virus is not treated immediately after the onset of symptoms, the prognosis is very low.
How to know if the dog has rabies after biting
If your dog has a fight with another animal, or if another animal has been bitten or scratched, or if you have any reason to suspect that your pet may have been in contact with a cruel animal (even if your pet has been vaccinated against the virus), you should immediately refer your dog to a veterinarian for preventive care.
What should you do?
When the dog shows signs, it usually means that the rabies (if the dog has rabies) is in the early stages.
All you need to do is make sure that a qualified veterinarian sees it and that the risk of progression of the disease is limited.
Some signs of an acute stage of rabies infection are increased sensitivity to sound, light, and touch, inability to close the mouth, excessive falling, and heavy breathing.
Post rabies treatment, it advisable to give comprehensive basic obedience Brain training to your dog to control the aggression.