What is rabies? Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including humans. It is caused by the rabies virus, which belongs to the Lyssavirus genus. Rabies is a highly fatal disease if left untreated, but it is also preventable through vaccination and post-exposure treatment.
Symptoms of rabies? The symptoms of rabies can include three main stages.
- Prodromal Stage: This initial stage may last for a few days and can include behavioral changes, such as increased aggression, anxiety, or restlessness. Dogs may also experience fever, hypersalivation (excessive drooling), and difficulty swallowing.
- Furious Stage: In this stage, dogs may become highly agitated, display uncharacteristic behavior, and exhibit aggression. They might snap, bite, and attack objects or people. Hypersalivation and difficulty swallowing continue.
- Paralytic (Dumb) Stage: Some dogs progress to this stage, which is characterized by muscle weakness, paralysis, and a loss of coordination. Dogs may become unable to swallow, leading to “foaming at the mouth.”
Once symptoms appear, rabies in dogs is almost always fatal, and they may die within a few days to weeks. In the body of a rabies affected person,the virus can remain inactive even for 2 years.