Because dogs are pets, it’s hard to believe that they’re also some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Once trained and vaccinated, dogs are mostly harmless. But it’s the dogs that are untrained and unvaccinated, that usually live in Asia and South America, that are the dangerous ones. They may carry a host of diseases, including rabies. If a rabid dog bites you and you don’t receive the vaccination in time, you will die.
Rabies starts with a high fever and body aches, much like the flu. It then turns into a deadly neurological disease that includes anxiety, confusion, cerebral dysfunction, agitation, and eventually death. Luckily, there is a preventative vaccine humans can receive before traveling to remote places of Asia and South America if you do happen to get bitten by a dog. However, if you’re still bitten by a dog, you need to receive several shots post-bite, even if you’re vaccinated. Again, it’s always better safe than sorry (Far and Wide).