RABIES CLINICAL SIGNS: Excitative
Gradually the excitement phase predominates.
Animals become increasingly nervous, irritable and vicious, and are most likely
to bite and attack. Disorientation: 'far-off look in the eyes'.
Muscle tremors, flaccidity or incoordination usually develop.
As in humans, spasm and eventual paralysis of the muscles of deglutition lead
to difficulty in swallowing, and drooling and frothing of saliva.
Dogs may also show pica, i.e. eating unusual objects such as wood, and they may
develop a characteristic high-toned bark as laryngeal paralysis ensues.
The excitement phase may last up to a week, but sometimes animals progress directly
from the prodromal phase to the paralytic stage.
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