I just got home from a birthday party, it's one AM, and I found one our dogs laying on the porch, inactive, with various small blood stains on the ground. I was worried, naturally, and examined him. The blood stains led to his only visible wound, a black scrape on his elbow. It didn't look severe, but enough to bleed. It looked to big to be a snake or raccoon bite, to wide, but I'm not ruling out a rabid dog. He wanders, not far, but wanders around the neighborhood, so it sounds reasonable, but then we would of heard from our neighbors about it.
He's very inactive, not that he's particularly active normally but he didn't even move when I got home. He wagged his tail, but otherwise just lay there. He's happy, and one of the signs of rabies is sudden shift in temperament and aggression. He's got none of those signs, wagging his tail and breathing normally, just not moving at all. We put some water near him and left him alone. Should I worried?
7th November 2005
personally i wouldn't risk waiting as rabies is pretty serious and can kill a dog relatively quickly unless you act fast and treat it. i would take him strait to a animal hospital.
It's one in the morning. I'm afraid my dad isn't willing to drive, and I don't know where the place is that's open all night.
I just checked on him. He's sleeping peacefully on the porch.
Take him to the vet. It really depends on the time of day though. If it's late, wait until tommorow. Wikipedia, for the steps rabies takes.
Three stages of rabies are recognized in dogs. The first stage is a one to three day period characterized by behavioral changes and is known as the prodromal stage. The second stage is the excitative stage, which lasts three to four days. It is this stage that is often known as furious rabies due to the tendency of the affected dog to be hyperreactive to external stimuli and bite at anything near. The third stage is the paralytic stage and is caused by damage to motor neurons. Incoordination is seen due to rear limb paralysis and drooling and difficulty swallowing is caused by paralysis of facial and throat muscles. Death is usually caused by respiratory arrest. EDIT: Take him tommorow. The article says it takes about 1 day for behavioral changes to start. You have a little time.
He was limping earlier, though he does that from time to time.
That is stage three. If you just saw the dried blood today, it shoulden't have happened yet. It probably was the limping from before. The third stage really isn't limping at all, just paralyzing both back legs.
It isn't even dry.
Then you definatly have time to wait until tommorow to go. I woulden't worry too much, just take him to the vet to be sure. You said he roams around, is it possible that there are sharp objects laying around, or that he brushed past?
I'm there are a few pointy objects around here somewhere, but I don't know if he being so inactive and unresponsive is actually a symptom.
Since it is one O'clock, im guessing he might be tired. Is he usually up around one?