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Dog Bite Attorney: Residents in Killeen, Texas, are Warned about the Rabies Virus Found in Skunks – Part 3Friday, June 6th, 2014
Signs and Symptoms of Rabies in Dogs
Some of the initial signs that a dog has contracted rabies include:
- Extreme changes in behavior, such as timidity and restlessness, which are sometimes compounded by aggressiveness.
- Dogs that are normally friendly may become irritable.
- High-energy, excitable dogs may become docile.
- Any form of stimulus could cause an infected dog to snap or bite.
- The dog may chew, bite, and constantly lick the site where the bite occurred.
- Possibly a fever.
As the rabies virus progresses in a dog, he or she may:
- Become hypersensitive to sound, light, and touch.
- Hide in dark places.
- Eat unusual things.
- Develop paralysis of the throat, sometimes followed by paralysis of jaw muscles.
- Foam at the mouth.
- Stagger and exhibit incoordination and disorientation.
- Develop paralysis of the hind legs.
- Become weak.
- Have seizures.
- Experience loss of appetite.
The animals most at risk for a rabies virus infection are unvaccinated dogs who roam freely without supervision. These dogs are exposed to animals in the wild and have an increased chance of getting into a fight with infected stray cats or dogs.