What Are Symptoms Of Rabies In Fox?


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The first thing that will warn you is the animal will have unusual behavior.  Aka it'll act weird.   That means coming into your garage or shed when you are there (for wild animals) or watching you from the bushs. Or it could just walk right up to you (acting like it could be somebody's escaped pet  even though it is a wild animal)

2nd  aggression     attack you, growl at you, show its teeth to you, charge, chase, stalk, or follow you  OR  BE  FRIENDLY

3rd  drooling and foaming at the mouth    froth, bubbles, foam

rabies will ALWAYS kill the infected animal within 10 days of showing symptoms, because by the time the animal shows symptoms the virus has already reached the animal's brain. An animal or human can be healthy for 2 years before showing or feeling any symptoms, because the virus must travel from the spot were the victim was bitten to the brain.

There are two types of rabies: Active rabies and passive rabies.
Active rabies is also called "mad rabies." Mad rabies is when an animal is like Cujo, the saint bernard; it is the stereotypical image of a "mad dog" foaming at the mouth and attacking everyone around it. OR it could make the animal be friendly.

Passive rabies is also called "dumb rabies." Dumb rabies is when an animals is... Dumb. The animal will walk around as if it is in a daze. The animals is not at all aggressive, but still foams at the mouth, drools, etc. An animal with dumb rabies shows all of the same symptoms as an animal with mad rabies, except aggression.
This is a video of a deer with dumb rabies:

The first symptoms are flu-like. After that, the symptoms expand to cerebral(brain) dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation, progressing to delirium, abnormal behaviour(vicious/friendly), hallucinations, and insomnia. The production of large quantities of saliva and tears coupled with an inability to speak or swallow are typical during the later stages of the disease; this is known as "hydrophobia".
Hydrophobia-the fear of water- occurs because the animal's throat has swelled, preventing it from swallowing and thus drinking. The animal gets so thirsty that it freaks out when it sees water (or shiney, reflective things like water).
I know that distemper can definitely cause seizures, and rabies can cause seizures, too.
What have you done with the animal? Where is it? You should ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY report (call 911) possible rabid animals.
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Anonymous commented
We have seen a fox twice in our yard in daytime. Do fox normally come out in daytime if they are not rabid
Anonymous commented
I don't have a animal with rabies I have seen a fox in yard two days in a row All I am asking is if they are out in daytime does that mean they are rabid
Anonymous commented
Whats wrong with you people I have one simple question Why can't you give me an answer
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Anonymous answered
Foaming of the mouth
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james predator answered

Several possibilities are at play here.  First, there are many rodents are where you live and the fox might actually be doing you a favor by killing pests in and around your house.  Second, when you saw the fox, how was his demeanor.  Usually, a fox will flee or try to be as discrete as possible when humans are in proximity.  This behavior elongates a fox's life.  Also, another viable reason why your yard keeps the fox present could be any small pets that you own (cats, guinea pigs, small dogs/puppies).  Now, a rabid fox within 20 -180 days will die from the disease.  In the  meantime, if you see the fox, notice its behavior.  If it' acting unusual, unnaturally tamed, showing unprovoked aggression , circling, constantly watching you, self-mutilation or if you are outside your yard he closes the distance and comfortably trots around, immediately get to a safe place, call nearby humane society professional and do not try to handle the situation alone.  Constant calling (sounds) especially late in the middle of the night can be a sign of other hazardous infectious the fox might possess and also can be a sign of a rabid fox.   

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