Observing Dogs for Signs of Rabies

Even if the dog appears healthy and was vaccinated, animal control may require isolating the dog and observing it for a period of time. Experts will watch for signs of rabies. If there is a suspicion or clear evidence it’s rabid, the bite victim will be vaccinated immediately.

Another risk factor is the severity of the bite and location. For instance, serious bites and those to the face and head create a greater urgency to vaccinate the victim because of the bite’s proximity to the brain, where the virus eventually travels and causes severe disease.

Of course, rabies isn’t the only concern that someone should have when bitten. It’s important to look for signs of other serious infections after the bite that could be just as serious.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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