How you can Understand Rabies

Most everyone has heard of the rabies disease, but not everyone knows everything that they should about it. It is a very dangerous disease and you need to be prepared to take the necessary steps if one of your pets or someone in your family is bitten by an animal with rabies.

One of the very first things that you should know is all of the details of the rabies disease. Rabies is a viral disease that exists in mammals, and commonly in household pets. The rabies disease starts to attack and then takes over the central nervous system, which eventually can cause death in the animal affected. Rabies also causes the brain to become inflamed and this can cause fury and madness in the animal.

If you think that one of your pets has been bitten by an animal with rabies, one of the first things you need to do is take them to the vet and have them completely checked out. There are three different stages that your dog will go through when affected by rabies. The first stage is known as the prodomal stage. This is where the animal may begin to show signs of having rabies by showing behavioral changes, fever, or chewing at the site where he or she was bitten.

The next stage in rabies is the furious stage. This stage is often the most alarming because the animal begins to show signs of disorientation, irritability and aggression toward people and even the owners. The stage usually lasts about two to four days. The last stage in rabies is the paralytic stage where the animal will begin to show signs of paralyses and it is at this time that they will begin to show paralyses at the spot where they are bitten and then eventually all over.

It is important that you know these warning signs of rabies and take the proper steps if you think that your pet may be affected. Be sure to take them to the vet at the first signs of rabies to be able to start getting treatment right away before you will not be able to.

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