Date: May 22, 2019

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Recognizing a Rabid Animal

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Animals do not all behave the same way when they have rabies. The signs described below are characteristic, but a rabid animal may not exhibit all of them, or to the same degree. The disease may take different forms, "furious" or "dumb" rabies, or a combination of the two.


Furious rabies

In the early stages, the animal changes its disposition or behaviour (a friendly animal may become shy and hide in a corner, a shy animal may become snappy, uncertain or unusually friendly, and a wild animal may become abnormally tame). It may bite indiscriminately - its chain, other animals, people, its owner, itself, etc. Its voice may become hoarse.
In the later stages, the animal may become unusually restless and excitable. It may startle easily, run aimlessly, become watchful and exhibit a puzzled or apprehensive look. It might change its eating habits, and finally develop gradual paralysis in the throat (drooling profusely) and hindlegs. Eventually, it dies.


Dumb rabies

Vicious and aggressive signs are less noticeable, but otherwise the course of the disease is similar. Rabies may invade the nervous system faster in this form. Paralysis usually starts in the throat, causing difficulty in swallowing. The animal rapidly loses weight, becomes paralyzed and dies.
If you know or suspect that an animal has rabies, keep humans and other animals away from the suspect animal. Keep track of the animal's location. Only an experienced or trained trapper or animal control officer should attempt to capture the animal

If the suspect animal has had contact with pet or livestock, contact: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at 1-877-242-1300.

If it becomes necessary to destroy the animal, or if the suspect animal is already dead, use gloves and shovels to handle the carcass. Contain the carcass in a double garbage bag. Do not damage the head if the animal has had contact with humans, pets or livestock so that rabies tests can be done. Otherwise, dispose of the carcass by burial or incineration.

If the suspect animal has had contact with a human, immediately wash the affected area with soap and water, contact your doctor, and notify the health unit as soon as possible:

Lambton Public Health
519-383-8331
1-800-667-1839