Symptoms of Rabies in Pets
Pets with the rabies virus always demonstrate unusual behavior. At first, rabid pets tend to stop eating and drinking, and seem to want to be left alone. Then, they may be aggressive and attack and bite, or they may be timid and try to hide from the family. As the disease progresses, these pets drool and develop difficulty swallowing. This occurs because the rabies virus affects the nerves in the face and head. The closer to the head that the initial infection occurs, the more quickly symptoms develop. Paralysis may then set in and once this happens, the disease progresses very quickly and causes death. With pet rabies, death usually occurs a few days after symptoms appear, usually from respiratory failure.