Signs that a dog may have rabies
Rabies can be transmitted from dogs to humans. Even those who do not contract the disease could be seriously injured in an attack. It is very important to make an early diagnosis. Those who get bitten need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
To help, here are a few common signs that a dog may be suffering from rabies:
- The dog wants to eat nonfood items, such as dirt or drywall. This is known as pica.
- The dog is running a fever.
- The dog’s jaw hangs open.
- The dog experiences violent seizures.
- The dog shows outward signs of aggression that are more severe than normal.
- The dog becomes paralyzed or does not have very good coordination.
- The dog’s bark begins to sound different as the tone changes.
- The dog becomes afraid of water.
- The dog can no longer swallow while eating.
- The dog becomes either very excitable or very shy; the disease impacts different animals in different ways.
- The dog seems irritable all the time.
- You notice that the dog’s behavior and attitude have changed significantly or that they seem to shift often.
- The dog begins salivating and frothing at the mouth.
Some of these signs, such as frothing at the mouth and exhibiting violent tendencies, are very well-known. However, it is important to remember that every case is unique. Rabies may not look exactly like you expect it to look, but it could still be a serious issue.
Those who suffer bites, as noted above, must seek medical treatment. They also need to know if they have a right to compensation when the attack leads to scars, disfigurement, high medical bills and other such issues.