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could a puppy have rabies and show signs of getting better?

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could a puppy have rabies and show signs of getting better? My puppy started barking and howling then walkind into walls then having seizures then to really not moving at all expect for the seizures with vomiting and diarrhea and started giving him milk did not get any better but made it another 24 hours and now he is up and walking still kind of funny and will lick the milk up and water from a bowl but he bites the bowl and lick the milk or water off the floor he is improving so he must have something else right ? not rabies ?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Typically when they develop rabies, they do not improve.

CriticalCareVet :

Other causes to consider would include:

CriticalCareVet :

Hypoglycemia

CriticalCareVet :

Distemper

CriticalCareVet :

Neospora and tick-born infections

CriticalCareVet :

Encephalitis

CriticalCareVet :

They would be more common than rabies.

CriticalCareVet :

Especially in a young puppy...

CriticalCareVet :

if there was no obvious exposure, that would further the theory that this is not likely rabies.

Customer:

he did bite me and he broke the skin should i be concerned and go see a doctor

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - you should.

CriticalCareVet :

That is something that a veterinarian can not advise on - by law - treatment of a person.

Customer:

if the puppy lives past the ten days does that mean he for sure does not have rabies and this is something else

CriticalCareVet :

You should have your dog evaluated, but importantly for your safety - see your physician

Customer:

my husband thinks the puppy was poisoned. could that be possible

CriticalCareVet :

That is possible, maybe more likely than rabies.

CriticalCareVet :

But I do think both you and the puppy need some care.

Customer:

thank you I will be taking him a vet and myself to a doctor

CriticalCareVet :

Glad to help and I hope everyone is ok!


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