Rabid animals behave abnormally, and since rabies cannot be confirmed without laboratory tests, strange behavior is often the only way to identify potential rabies exposure. Rabies causes animals to foam at the mouth or drool excessively. This is a common way to identify an animal that may be infected. Other signs of rabies include chewing at old wounds, trouble eating or swallowing and difficulty walking.Know More
Abnormal behavior is the first clue of a rabid animal. Nocturnal animals may be seen during the day. Wild animals may act tame and allow humans to get much closer to them than normal. Domestic animals may seem aggressive or mean.
A definitive rabies diagnosis requires samples to be sent to a lab for testing. Brain tissue is required, so the animal must be euthanized prior to testing. Two samples are needed, preferably one from the brain stem and one from the cerebellum. The samples are analyzed for the rabies virus.
Another way to identify rabies in animals is to rule out the disease. This prevents the unnecessary euthanizing of an uninfected animal. A quarantine period of 10 days is usually sufficient to rule out rabies. If symptoms appear or worsen during that time, lab testing of the animal's brain is required.Learn more about Veterinary Health
According to VetInfo, a possible side effect of the rabies vaccine is anaphylaxsis, although this happens very rarely. An allergic reaction or cancer located at the injection site is another potential side effect. Behavioral side effects include sudden aggression, anxiety and destructive or compulsive behavior. Other side effects are seizures, muscle weakness, digestive issues and epilepsy.Full Answer >
Rabies is caused by a virus known as the rabies virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the Rhabdoviridae family.Full Answer >
The most common side effects from a rabies vaccination for a cat include mild fever, reduced appetite and some discomfort in the area where the vaccination was given. Typical side effects usually begin several hours after the vaccination and generally only last a few days, according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.Full Answer >
The most common way for a dog to contract rabies is by being bitten by an infected animal. Rabid animals have the virus in their saliva. The infected saliva is also able to enter a dog's system through contact with mucous membranes or an open wound.Full Answer >