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Rabies in dogs – imminent danger

Recently, in the central region of our country, a rabies epidemic broke out, causing dozens of dogs to become infected and die. People are afraid that rabies will continue to break out. So what are the symptoms of rabies, how to prevent this dangerous disease. Every day, the press reminds us to bring our pets to be vaccinated, why??? The following article will give you who are, have and will keep pets with certain knowledge about the disease that carries the death penalty of dogs. Another part is so that we can prevent pets as well as prevent you and your family from this dangerous disease.

  1. Cause mode of transmission:
  • Rabies is a very serious, dangerous and often fatal disease that particularly affects the gray matter of a dog’s brain and its central nervous system. The main way the rabies virus can be transmitted is through a bite from another disease-carrying animal such as foxes, raccoons, skunks and bats. Infectious viral particles retained in the salivary glands of animals are then transmitted through bites to new animals.
  • Once the virus enters the dog’s body, it replicates in the muscle’s cells, and then spreads to the fibers. nervenearest , including the nerve peripherals, senses, and organs, traveling from there to the central nervous system via intra-nerve conduction fluid. The virus can take up to a month to develop, but once symptoms have started, the virus develops fairly quickly.
  • This inflammatory infection is also characterized by being able to spread to humans.
  1. Causes of rabies in dogs
  • Rabies virus is a single RNA virus of genus Lyssavirusin the family Rhabdoviridae It is transmitted by exchange of blood or saliva from infected animals, and very rarely by inhalation of gases released from the decay of infected carcasses. Transmission of the virus in this way is rare but it can happen, usually in caves with large bat populations, where the virus is widespread.
  1. Symptoms of rabies in dogs

There are two forms of rabies: the frenzy and the latent. In the early stages of rabies infection, dogs will only show signs of central nervous system abnormalities. This phase will last from one to three days. Most dogs will progress to the frenzy stage, the disordered stage, or a combination of both.

  • Insanity is characterized by extreme behavioral changes, including aggression and offensive behavior.
  • The latent form, also called dumb rabies, is characterized by weakness and loss of coordination, followed by paralysis.

This is a fast-moving virus (due to nerve impulse transmission). So if it is not treated as soon as the symptoms start, the chances of a cure are very low. So, if your dog gets into a fight with another animal, or has been bitten or injured by another animal, and you have any reason to suspect your pet has been exposed to wildlife (even if your pet has been vaccinated against the virus), you must take your dog to the vet for preventive care right away.

Here are some symptoms of rabies so you can keep an eye on your dog:

  • Fever
  • Epileptic
  • Paralyze
  • Hard jaw
  • Can’t swallow
  • Muscles lack coordination
  • Unusual shyness or fierceness
  • The ability to overstimulate
  • Persistent irritability / changes in attitude and behavior
  • The paralysis in lower jawand larynx
  • Excessive salivation (hypersensitivity), or saliva
  1. Diagnosis of rabies in dogs
  • If you suspect your dog has rabies, call your veterinarian immediately. To be on the safe side, keep your dog in a cage and take him to a veterinarian. If your pet is chasing, or is trying to attack, and you feel you are at risk of being bitten or scratched, you must contact an animal control station to arrest your dog.
  • Your veterinarian will keep your dog isolated in a locked cage for 10 days. This is the only acceptable method for confirming suspected rabies infection.
  • Rabies can be confused with other diseases that cause aggressive behavior, so laboratory blood analysis is required to confirm the presence of the virus.
  1. Treatment of rabies in dogs
  • If your dog has been vaccinated against rabies, provide the vaccination record to your veterinarian. If anyone comes into contact with dog saliva, or is bitten by a dog, it is recommended that you contact a doctor immediately for treatment. Unfortunately, rabies is always fatal to unvaccinated animals, usually occurring within 7 to 10 days of initial symptoms starting.
  • If a diagnosis of rabies has been confirmed, you will need to report the case to your local health department. An unvaccinated dog that is bitten or exposed to an aggressive animal infected with the virus must be quarantined for 6 months or according to local regulations. A vaccinated animal that attacks and injures a person should be isolated and monitored for 10 days.
  1. Prevention and management
  • Disinfect any areas where the animal may be infected (especially with saliva) with a 1:32 dilution of household bleach to rapidly kill the virus. Do not allow yourself to come into contact with the dog’s saliva.
  • If your dog swallows an object, do not touch its mouth without taking precautions. Saliva can enter your skin through an accidental scratch, putting you at risk for a virus.
  • Only by actively vaccinating with annual vaccines can the most effective prevention of rabies in dogs.
Charlie Rosales
Charlie Rosales
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