Rabies and Dog Bite Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2014

Dog bites can leave victims with bodily injuries, but they can also lead to infectious diseases. One of the most deadly diseases that can be spread by a dog bite injury is rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes swelling in the brain, which can result in:

  • Uncontrolled salivation
  • Agitation
  • Changes in behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Death

If an animal suspected of carrying rabies is involved in a dog bite attack, it may be quarantined for up to 10 days. Recently, an animal in Bradley County was taken into custody for evaluation after attacking and seriously injuring a young boy. An article from News Channel 9 states the animal had been a stray, and it is unknown if the canine was vaccinated against the disease.

This is why experts say its so important that you keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Rabies shots should be given annually, and clinics may offer the injections for free or at a reduced price.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law have seen the devastating results of dog bite injuries, and they encourage dog owners to socialize their animals to prevent attacks.