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How To Identify A Rabid Animal

Thanks to widespread pet vaccinations and post-exposure precautions, the chances of our pets being affected by rabies are significantly reduced. Unfortunately, this precaution is not routine for wild animals, which means it is important for individuals to be able to identify the signs of a rabid animal.

Do not approach or handle any wild animals that are presenting the following signs of being rabid. Immediately call Shumaker’s Animal Control to protect yourself and others who might come in contact with the rabid animal.


A wild animal acting overly aggressive is one of the most well-known signs of rabies.

The animal might appear to be agitated or furious for no apparent reason. This can lead the animal to bite, snap, or claw at objects, both imaginary and real.

Normally, wild animals do not attack or approach humans or other pets unless they feel threatened. But the rabies virus leaves the animal with feelings of anxiety and confusion. This means the rabid animal is extremely dangerous even when unprovoked.


While being overly aggressive is the most widely known sign of rabies, a majority of rabid animals appear timid and friendly.

The animal will move slowly and allows humans to easily come in close proximity. For most wild animals, this behavior is out of the norm – wild animals are normally very wary of humans and other animals.


Another telltale sign of rabies is disorientation. A good way to identify a disoriented animal is by looking for common signs of being “drunk.” This means walking in circles and appearing wobbly.

This “drunk” behavior is due to the rabies virus attacking the animal’s central nervous system, which can cause partial paralysis or muscle spasms.

Another consequence of disorientation to keep in mind is insomnia. If nocturnal animals, such as raccoon, skunks, coyote, or opossum, are seen active during the day, it is best to steer clear of the animal – especially if the animal is exhibiting unusual behaviors.

Drooling or foaming at the mouth

In addition to behavioral signs, there is also a physical indication of rabies. The rabies virus causes the wild animal to over-produce saliva. This causes the animal to drool, and in turn, makes the animal look like it is foaming at the mouth.

Have A Pest Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control

If you think you have a pest problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.

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