Know the manifestations of dogs, rabid cats to stay away

In Vietnam, domestic dogs are the most transmitted source of rabies to humans (95-97%) then cats. If you come into contact with a dog or cat that is suspected of rabies infection, there will be few signs to help you identify rabies in dogs, rabies in cats, thereby taking appropriate measures. It is necessary to deal with it with great care as well as not to try to catch the animals at risk of infection on their own. Contact the local animal control agency, wildlife organization, or call the authorities as soon as possible.

1. Manifestations of rabies in dogs

Rabies in dogs is expressed in changes in its usual behavior, such as:

  • Bites when not teased, prone to agitated
  • Anorexia or eating unusual things like sticks, nails …
  • Run for no apparent reason
  • Changes in sound: barking hoarse and growling, barking without sound
  • Excessive secreting of saliva or edge foam
  • Change of habits, daily mentality

1.1 Signs of crazy foolishness in dogs

Pre-clinical period: dogs hide in dark corners, discreet areas. Approaching the owner reluctantly or vice versa, appears outrageously rushed. Occasionally barking, slandering or restless…

Crazy times:

  • Dogs are prone to agitated, violent barking of strangers. Too rushed when the owner calls, just hear the slight noise also jump up barking every long time.
  • Where the wound is bitten itches causing the dog to lick or bite itself, scratching to shedding, bleeding.
  • Dogs quit eating, difficulty swallowing, high fever, cool red eyes, dilated hom. There are manifestations of thirst, want to drink but can not drink.
  • Dogs drooling a lot, foaming at the edges, appearing restless, wary, scared. Slanderous or startled. Walking was not intended, became aggressive.
  • The animal ran away from home and often did not return. On the way to meet anything strange also gnaws, eats indiscriminately, attacks other dogs and also people.

Polio period:

  • Dogs are paralyzed. Paralysis of the lower jaw and tongue should be late in the jaw, sticking out the tongue, drooling, not swallowing food and water. The paralyzed hind legs are getting clearer and clearer.
  • Dogs die between 3-7 days after the first symptoms. Caused by respiratory muscle paralysis and exhaustion from inedicableness.
  • Frenzied foolishness accounts for only about a quarter of cases of rabid dogs, the rest are dumb fools.

Manifestations of rabies in dogs

Manifestations of rabies in dogs

1.2 Signs of dumb foolishness in dogs

Without the above manifestations of madness, in the form of dumb dogs there are only manifestations of sorrow. Dogs can have polio in part of the body, half a person or 2 hind legs but usually paralysis of the jaw muscles, mouth always open, jaws delayed down, tongue sticking out. The drooling flows, the animal does not bite, barks, only growls in the throat.

This process progresses quite quickly, only from 2-3 days because the pulp behavior of the diseased animal has a viral effect that disrupts the 3rd and respiratory systems earlier.

2. Manifestations of rabies in cats

Cats are less likely to get rabies than dogs (only 2-5%) because cats are used to living alone. Rabies in cats is similarly progressive as in dogs. Cats get sick or hide themselves in the wilderness, in the dark, or crying, restless, not lying still in one place. When the person touches, it reacts strongly by biting and scratching, causing deep wounds that easily cause the rabies virus to penetrate.

The incubation stage of rabies in cats can last from 2-10 days. During this period, the cat will have a slight change in physical condition with unclear manifestations. Unclear symptoms of the disease of the early stages include:

  • Fever, muscle pain
  • Irritability, restlessness, or shivering (a general state that appears when cats are sick and frustrated)
  • Fear of light, extreme fear with bright lights
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, asthma cough
  • Can't or doesn't want to chew, leads to anorexia, or is not eager for food.

2.1 Signs of rabies in cats

The wild body is quite common in cats. In this wild form, cats often do not show aggressive manifestations and rarely bite. A cat with rabies will show lethargy, panic and mood. Symptoms of rabies or rabies include:

  • Paralysis in the legs, jaw muscles, or part of the body
  • Jaws are down, tongues stick out, it looks like "stalled."
  • Water around the mouth
  • Chewing swallowing is difficult, anorexia.

Rabies in cats

Manifestations of rabies in cats

2.2 Signs of rabidness in cats

Signs of frenzied foolishness include:

  • Drooling, foaming around the edge
  • Restless anxiety, fear of water, fear of approaching water or fear of water
  • Aggressive, fierce, easily agitated, often squint as if about to bite
  • No food, loss of appetite
  • Abnormal behavior, self-bite. Tendency to scratch, bite or attack people or other objects.

Compared to rabies, rabies is less common, but due to aggression and abnormal behavior, you should contact animal control agencies quickly when you notice that animals present with rabies.

Since rabies can spread from sick animals to pets during a brawl, if your family is raising cats, check if there are bites or signs of a brawl on them. The rabies virus can be parasites on the skin or cat's hair for up to 2 hours, so you should wear gloves and wear long-sleeved clothing before carrying the cat for examination. Take the cat to the vet immediately if you notice signs such as bites, scratches, scales, ruffled hairs with dried saliva, many pus wraps….

3. How to prevent rabies in cats and dogs

  • To prevent rabies in cats and dogs, owners need to have a sense of annual rabies vaccination for pets. Prevention of rabies in puppies:
  • Take the puppy for the first injection at the age of 4 weeks.
  • If the mother dog has been vaccinated then vaccinate the puppy at the age of 3 months, then once a year the vaccination repeats once.
  • Owners should pay attention to regularly supervise dogs, keep dogs indoors, do not let loose in the street. When walking a dog in public, someone must pay attention and watch, do not let the dog wander the streets.
  • When detecting dogs and cats with abnormal manifestations, quit eating or eating little, high fever, agitated, unusual aggression, it is recommended to take the animal to the nearest veterinary facilities.
  • It is necessary to clean the enclosure, disinfect the areas around the suspected/rabies animal (especially with saliva). Dilute household bleach solution in a ratio of 1:32 (150g/ 4 liters). Pets that die from rabies or suspected rabies must be buried or burned.

Rabies is an extremely dangerous disease and progresses at a very fast pace, causing many tragic deaths for pets and endangering the owners and family members. Therefore, to protect your family and yourself from this dangerous disease, proactive vaccination is the best option that you should apply.

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Source: Ministry of Health Source: Ministry of Health


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