Please remember Not all dogs show all symptoms. Some of these behaviours are normal for some dogs. Not all dogs that bite have rabies. Not all sick dogs are rabid. Animals are worth are care and please do not panic and kill a dog that you are not sure has rabies. We want to keep people in the village safe but when a rabies case is suspected, often many healthy animals are needlessly killed. We can only diagnose if an animal has rabies after it has died. At this time, contact your government animal health worker and they will pick up the dog to send it to be tested. If a dog is bitten by another dog that you think has got rabies, put it safely away from people and other animals in a cage or chained up. Do not make direct contact but make sure it has food, water, shelter and its poo is cleaned away. Only kill it if the dog that bit it is confirmed to have rabies. If you think a dog is acting unusually and may have rabies, follow the instructions above. If it is alive in two weeks, it does not have rabies. With the right knowledge and vaccinating your animals, you can be safe from rabies without panic or fear.
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