Kansas State University: Rabies in Cattle

With a recent increase in the spread of rabies amongst domestic animals, researchers at Kansas State University’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory have released a helpful guide to the viral disease. Kansas State’s tips on this spreading viral disease include how to recognize the disease in cattle and what to do after rabies is detected.

While most picture a rabies-positive animal as behaving madly, Kansas State points out that there are two forms of rabies, furious and dumb, which have varying symptoms. Signs of rabies in an animal include behavioral changes, anorexia, head pressing, bellowing, unproductive defecation, and rear-limb lameness.

Because rabies can be easily spread to humans, it is important to allow a veterinarian do a proper assessment rather than inspecting the animal yourself. While rabies can cause rapid degeneration and death, there are vaccinations for cattle and other domestic animals to prevent the contraction of the disease.

Read more on how to detect and treat rabies in animals here!

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