The rabies virus may affect the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans. Once symptoms develop, rabies is almost always fatal. Dogs and cats typically get rabies through a bite from an infected wild animal. A dog that gets infected with rabies may become aggressive, restless, and apprehensive. Signs of rabies in cats include aggression, increased vocalization, paralysis, and seizures. Unvaccinated pets that roam outdoors without supervision are most at risk. Pets with rabies can infect people. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of rabies, how it is passed, its symptoms, outcome, and much more.
What Is Rabies?
Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. This article explains how it’s transmitted, what it looks like, and what to do if you’re bitten by an animal that might be infected.
WebMD tells you what to do if you've been bitten by an animal that may be carrying rabies.
Rabies in Dogs
WebMD discusses rabies vaccines, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment in dogs.
Rabies in Cats
WebMD dicusses how a cat can get rabies, what the symptoms of rabies are, and how to prevent this fatal disease.
Diseases From Animals: A Primer
There are at least 39 important diseases people catch directly from animals. There are at least 48 important diseases people get from the bite of bugs that bit an infected animal. And there are at least 42 important diseases that people get by ingesting or handling food or water contaminated with animal feces.
Diseases From Animals -- What's Next?
As experts are learning, the list of infectious diseases borne from animals is by no means complete.
Should You Have an Indoor Cat or an Outdoor Cat?
WebMD discusses the positives and negatives of indoor and outdoor cats.