- A highly fatal viral disease mainly transmitted by bite of a rabid dog.
- Humans can get the disease through bites of rabid dogs.
- Wild carnivores and bats also present a considerable risk where the disease is prevalent. The disease is endemic in India.
- Drooling of saliva
- Peculiar hoarse sound (bellowing)
- Aggression or paralysis
- The animal dies within 24-48 hours after appearance of first sign, which may be mostly seen within 3 weeks or as late as 5-6 months of the dog bite. Once symptoms are seen, death is inevitable.
- Wash the wound immediately in running water for 5-10 minutes.
- Gently clean the wound with bath soap.
- Consult a veterinarian immediately.
- Carry out post-bite vaccination in suspected cases. (see chapter on vaccination)
- Protect your pet dogs and cats against the disease through annual vaccination.
Vaccinate in time to save your animal