Dog rabies

How can I tell if my dog has rabies

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How can I tell if my dog has rabies

Rabies is a dangerous viral disease that all mammals can suffer from, so if your pet catches it, besides being life threatening for your pet, it is also risky for you and other people around the dog. Rabies is contagious to humans and can be life threatening. So that you can be calm and detect early signs on we tell you how you can tell if your dog has rabies.

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Steps to follow:


The first thing to know is that rabies is a virus whose symptoms begin to show between three and eight weeks after it has been developed in your dog.


The early signs are radical changes in your dog's behaviour, so if it was docile it will behave more aggressively and, conversely, if it was aggressive it will seem calmer. Nervousness and isolation are also two common symptoms at this stage of rabies, which lasts two to three days and is called prodromal.

How can I tell if my dog has rabies - Step 2

When the disease is already more developed, in the way that it may even result in your dog's death, it will become hypersensitive to stimuli that previously did not cause any notable response such as light or noise, similar to what happens when humans get migraines. At this stage of rabies, which is called furious rabies, the dog cannot sleep, it is continuously active and becomes disorientated.


The paralytic phase which does not always present, is characterized by the fact that the neck and head muscles of your pet are paralyzed. An image of a dog with rabies is on with his mouth open permanently and this is because the jaw muscles are paralysed.

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Furthermore, at such an advanced stage of rabies, your pet has difficulty swallowing and dribbles constantly If the paralysis affects up to the diaphragm, the dog will die of suffocation.

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  • If you think your dog has rabies you must take it to the vet because rabies is a deadly and infectious disease.
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