Rabies in a dog (briefly)

Rabies in dogs and other animals is an infectious disease caused by rhabdoviruses that affects the nervous system (inflammation of the brain). This disease is deadly for animals and humans. Rabies is transmitted through a sick animal to a person through a bite.

Symptoms

An animal with rabies behaves unnaturally. It aggressively attacks other animals or people for no reason. These symptoms begin to appear about 14 days after the rabies virus enters the dog's saliva. And since it is outwardly difficult to determine whether a dog that has bitten a person is ill with rabies, the animal is isolated for a period of two weeks, during which it turns out whether the aggressiveness of the dog is a symptom of a violent form of rabies.

There is a silent form of rabies, it is more common. For the silent form of rabies, progressive paralysis, profuse salivation, and inability to swallow are considered characteristic signs.

Causes

Known carriers of the disease are raccoons, bats, skunks, ground squirrels and other small animals. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. Rabies in dogs affects the brain when the virus enters the nervous system. The disease can be transmitted to humans.

Treatment

knowWhen the virus enters the nervous system of a dog, the antibodies cannot protect the infected animal. There are no antiviral drugs that prevent infection from affecting the brain. The most important way to combat rabies is vaccination. Vaccination should be carried out at regular intervals. Vaccination is necessary so that in the event of a bite, the dog has a strong immunity to this disease.

As soon as you have a puppy, ask your veterinarian at what age the first vaccination is done. Your doctor will give you a schedule for your next vaccinations.

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