RABIES CLINICAL SIGNS: Prodromal
This may last for 2-3 days in dogs, but
only a day or two in cats, and is characterised by a marked change in behaviour.
Animals may appear anxious, uneasy and
irritable, and may have increased sensitivity to noise and light.
Sullen animals may become more alert,
restless and friendly, whereas more amicable ones may become aggressive and attack
without provocation, or become depressed and withdrawn, hiding in dark places.
Aggression is more commonly seen in cats
than in dogs.
During this initial period there may
be slight pyrexia and some dilatation of the impaired corneal reflex.
Animals may self-mutilate at the site
of the bite.
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