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Clinical Signs of Rabies

Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs. The disease can appear in two forms:

Dumb Rabies:

  • domestic animals may become depressed and try to hide in isolated places

  • wild animals may lose their fear of humans and appear unusually friendly

  • wild animals that usually come out only at night may be out during the day

  • animals may have paralysis - areas most commonly affected are the face or neck (which causes abnormal facial expressions or drooling) or the hind legs.

Furious Rabies:

  • animals may become very excited and aggressive

  • periods of excitement alternated with periods of depression

  • animals may attack objects or other animals - they may even bite or chew their own limbs