Illness: Rabies is a contagious and viral disease that causes madness and convulsions.
Symptoms: Pica, fever, seizures, paralysis, hydrophobia, dropped jaw, inability to swallow, unusual shyness or aggression, excessive excitability, excessive salivation
Who's Affected & Why: Rabies is transmitted through the exchange of blood or saliva from an infected animal. Hunting dogs have a higher incidence of rabies than other breeds of dog. Although rabies has almost been completely eradicated in the United States, dogs are still the primary species responsible for 55,000 human rabies deaths each year.
How to Prevent & Cope: Rabies vaccination is mandatory in 40 U.S. states. Many more local ordinances have been created to regulate rabies prevention. To further prevent this disease, keep your pets away from wild animals. (petMD)