Rabies is a virus transmitted through saliva that causes inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) which leads to paralysis and death.


Rabies symptoms occur in three stages which start to develop 2 to 8 weeks after infection, prodomal, furious, and paralytic. Death occurs 3 to 7 days from the onset of symptoms.

Prodomal: This stage last 2 to 3 days and includes behavioral change, fever, slow eye reflexes, and chewing the bite site.

Furious: This stage lasts 2 to 4 days and consists of erratic behavior including irritability, restlessness, barking, aggression, vicious attacks on inanimate objects, and unexplained roaming. This stage may also include disorientation and seizure.

Paralytic: This stage lasts 2 to 4 days and is when paralysis develops. This paralysis usually starts in the limb that was infected with the bite, and continues to the face where it causes a change in barking and a drooping of the jaw which causes the typical foaming of the mouth. Next comes depression, coma, and death from respiratory paralysis.


Any warm blooded animal is susceptible to Rabies. In an infected animal, the Rabies virus sheds infection in the mouth where infected saliva can easily transfer infection through a bite.


After 2 to 8 weeks of infection, the Rabies virus causes inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) which causes neurological damage and eventual paralysis and death.


Yes. From respiratory paralysis.


In dogs who have been vaccinated, revaccination and quarantine for 90 days.
In dogs not vaccinated, vaccination and quarantine for six months.
In people, a special post-exposure vaccine is administered on day zero, 3, 7, 14, and 28, following the bite.


All dogs should maintain a Rabies vaccination schedule. Dogs should also be protected form stray and wild animals.

Danger to Humans:

Yes. After infection Rabies post-exposure vaccination must be administered to prevent death.

Danger to Other Animals:

Any warm blooded animal is susceptible and a possible carrier of Rabies.