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Equine Rabies Overview
Diagnosing horse ailments requires a vet. (Click here for a list of Florida veterinarians by county)

Rabies is a highly contagious and fatal [If not treated equine rabies has a 100% fatality rate] disease that affects the central nervous system. Rabies is a viral neuroinvasive disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. It is zoonotic (i.e. transmitted by animals), most commonly by a bite from an infected animal but occasionally by other forms of contact.
Rabies Transmission: Bite and/or saliva of an infected animal such as domestic dogs and cats, along with skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats

Equine Rabies Transmission: Bite and/or saliva of an infected animal such as Domestic dogs and cats, along with skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats.
Equine Rabies Symptoms:

  1. Rabies Symptoms:
  2. Aggression
  3. Ataxia (Loss of coordination and unsteady gait)
  4. Blindness
  5. Colic
  6. Depression
  7. Fever
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Muscle spasms of the third eyelid
  10. Restlessness
  11. Sensivity to light, sounds and touch
  12. Urinary incontinence
    Equine Rabies Treatment: No effective treatment is known to date
    Equine Rabies Prevention: Equine vaccination should start at three months of age and annually thereafter.