The pseudorabies virus, also known as aujeszky’s disease, is a relatively uncommon condition that affects dogs. The pseudorabies virus is most commonly related to pigs, but there are multiple types of other animals that are able to be infected with this condition, such as cattle, coyotes, deer, and raccoons. A dog of any gender or breed is capable of catching the pseudorabies virus. This condition is serious and requires immediate attention from a veterinarian. Dogs can get this condition by contact with infected pigs, eating raw infected pork, or consuming the feces of rats that carry this condition.
Some of the symptoms that the pseudorabies virus produces are extreme itching, fever, salivation, fatigue, vomiting, bleeding from over itching, coma and death. Dogs that are infected with this virus usually do not want to move, if at all. Dogs that get infected with the pseudorabies virus will usually die, commonly within two days after exposure. If your dog experiences any unusual symptoms, it is important that you contact a veterinarian right away. Since this disease is fatal and kills dogs quickly, it is extremely important to catch it right away. You may notice that your dog has an unexpected change in the way they normally act and behave.
The veterinarian will do a physical exam of the dog and the dog’s symptoms. It’s important to tell the veterinarian if the dog has been near any pigs or consumed any pork recent to the show of symptoms and how long it has been since the dog has had the symptoms. The length of time that the dog has been dealing with the symptoms is a very important detail because this disease usually leads to death in about two days. It’s important for the veterinarian to rule out any other possible conditions that produce similar symptoms. They will do a urinalysis and a blood test, which usually identifies if the virus is present. There are not any known treatments for this condition, so almost every dog that gets this will die.
In order to prevent your dog from getting the pseudorabies virus, you should keep dogs away from any other infected animals or infected meat. The most common dogs that get infected with this disease are dogs that live on a farm and are around cattle and other more commonly infected animals. If there is a chance of any type of illness on a farm, it is important to make sure that dogs stay away from the animals. It is rare, but possible for humans to catch the virus from an infected dog, so always take safety measures when handling sick dogs.