An animal which contracts rabies is virtually assured a death sentence, because of this it is among the deadliest dog diseases to date. Rabies is a viral affliction that is transmitted in the spit from a bite of an contaminated pet. The virus assaults the brain of the infected pet causing disturbance, which engenders the signature hostile behavior. Once the infected saliva enters the bloodstream of the pet, it makes its way in the nerves and spinal column to the brain and then incubates in the body for 3 to 8 weeks (in dogs) as the animal remains asymptomatic. 

Rabies signs and symptoms proceed in 3 phases:

1.The Prodromal Step lasts for approximately 2-3 days in dogs during which the pet may display attitudes such as apprehension, anxiety and nervousness. It may come a fever as well.

2.The Furious Step persists one to seven days, during which dogs become restless and start displaying vicious attitude. It is throughout this step that the contaminated quadruped may attempt to bite people and other animals that move toward it.

3.The Paralytic Step develops within 2 to 4 days once the first signs happen. Pets can start to salivate as they realize it difficult to swallow. The animal will then progress into respiratory failure and die.

Even though dog rabies has been almost eliminated in the US, cases among cats are on the rise caused by their contact with wild creatures that may have the ailment. The CDC recorded 300 cases of rabies in cats in 2009, up from 294 in 2008. In comparison, there were just 81 cases of rabies among canine animals in the same time. Thus, rabies remains a significant problem, with around 40,000 people per year receiving post-exposure prophylaxis cures after suffering from a potential exposure to the ailment. Deadly cases are highest in areas like Asia and Africa where the largest number of dog rabies cases occur. 

In contrast, in Europe numerous countries have been designated as rabies-free jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. 

To be able to properly diagnose rabies, the only procedure is the examination of brain tissue, which can only be collected after the quadruped has died. There is no medication for the ailment and pets presenting the signs and symptoms have to be euthanized in an effort to avert unnecessary torment for them and to prevent further transmission of the disease.

One of the simplest ways to deal with rabies is through prevention. Shots for familiar dog disorder is highly recommended. The usual procedure for vaccinating pets is to inoculate them at three to four months and then when they reach 1 year of age. The vaccine service for rabies varies from one time every year to every three years, depending upon the state. Dogs might also be kept at home or if introduced outdoors, kept under careful supervision to preclude contact with wild creatures that may have the rabies virus. Pets who have not had their rabies immunizations and had exposure to the rabies virus have to be quarantined and observed for any symptoms, if they develop they have to then be euthanized.

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