One of the first signs of rabies in animals is a change in behavior such as not wanting to eat or drink or wanting to be left alone. Other signs are fever and also chewing at the spot where the animal was bitten.
Later in the illness, what is called the “mad dog phase,” the animal could experience symptoms such as wanting to eat anything, even things that are inedible, erratic behavior, aggression, seizures, roaming around, dilated pupils, no fear of natural enemies (for example, wild animals not being afraid of people).
In the final phase of rabies, animals can experience paralysis, an appearance of choking, inability to swallow, or even going into a coma and dying.
The most important points are to make sure that the pet’s vaccinations are up to date at all times. If you see a wild animal or stray dog or cat, do no try to determine if an animal is sick on your own. Call the local animal control or the police department.
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