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Foaming at mouth screaming shaking scared

Shaking screaming fighting something that’s not there
I want to know if he’s got rabies or if he’s having seizures

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Cat

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Dr. Brown

Veterinarian

Specialty

Vaccine

Respiratory & Nose

Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, a differential diagnosis in the clinic is required in this case. This is because foaming at the mouth and shaking are both typical symptoms found in both rabies infection and seizures. Rabies can be diagnosed via DFA(direct fluorescent antibody) test. Once rabies infection is ruled out, your vet can evaluate whether he is suffering from a seizure or just a simple tremor. Moreover, did he lose consciousness while shivering or shaking? This is important because unconsciousness is one of the main factors that differentiate simple tremors from seizures. In other words, seizures are often accompanied by unconsciousness while tremors don't.

Also, in the case of seizures, multiple or repetitive seizures are termed epilepsy. In the case of a seizure, take the video with you to the clinic. A physical examination along with screening tests(CBC, biochemistry, and urinalysis)) are likely to be carried out to look out for any abnormalities. This is because seizures can occur from underlying conditions such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, infections, and other metabolic diseases. If the diagnosis is confirmed to be seizure/epilepsy, anticonvulsants are likely to be prescribed.

On the other hand, tremors in dogs can be caused by cold environments, nausea, toxicity, autoimmune diseases, infections, and metabolic diseases.

Please make an appointment with a vet ASAP for a differential diagnosis.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us!

Thank you.