The Fox Says, ‘Shoot Me’

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So I am cruising around Facebook and I come across this video:

Not having any first hand knowledge of what exactly is going on in the video and refusing to just assume they are right in their rabies diagnosis, I took off on a quick quest to see what this could possibly be…

I checked Youtube:

After looking though some of the comments, I figure, “Yep, maybe they’re right!”

But maybe not… Maybe they just thought that rabies and distemper where the same thing… like me.  Well today is a great day, because I learned something, they are not!

And since both of the above fox seems to be displaying the same symptoms, I am going with Distemper…

Second stage occurs two to three weeks after the onset of the disease. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by brief attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws (as if the dog were chewing gum). Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.

Wondering what to do in this situation, I looked around a bit more and figured I’d share it with you, in case you’re wondering the same.

In the early stages:

Treatment: Distemper must be treated by a veterinarian. Antibiotics are used to prevent secondary bacterial infections, even though they have no effect on the distemper virus. Supportive treatment includes intravenous fluids to correct dehydration, medications to prevent vomiting and diarrhea, and anticonvulsants and sedatives to control seizures.

But by the time they get to the stages in the video above, euthanasia:

Distemper that progresses enough to severely affect multiple organs of the body, particularly the brain, carries a poor prognosis and, especially in the case of severe distemper brain disease, may not be curable. Euthanasia is a common and perfectly acceptable option here.

I also want to point out that the video that started all this off was posted by Michael W Wewers as a warning to his neighbors in Cumming, GA.

Today our Neighborhood Watch program had the unfortunate issue of dealing with a rabid Fox. The matter was handled by concerned neighbors who turned out to notify other neighbors for their safety. Responding were several ordinary hero’s who rectified the situation. READ: One dispatched fox, taken to Dr. Orr’s office where remains are being sent to DNR. For those who have never observed what appears to be a rabid fox please see the attached video. When you see any animal acting like this take the necessary precautions. AND make sure your animals are vaccinated.

Thanks Michael, you sound like the type of neighbor I’d like to have!



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