Dog Rattlesnake Vaccine
As I drove past a 3 foot bull snake in the street last week it reminded me that the snakes are emerging once again as they always do in the spring. With that comes the risk to active dogs who often run through the sage brush filled hillsides such as Sage Hills, Saddle Rock, etc. Rattlesnake bites will inflict severe pain and inflammation to your dog, or sometimes worse. It’s important to know that there are safety precautions that can be taken before you and your pet take your next adventure into the great outdoors.
Having your dog vaccinated with a rattlesnake vaccine can greatly reduce their discomfort not to mention chance of survival. The vaccine will not make your pet immune to rattlesnake bites, but it will give you a fair amount of time to get them to the vet.
My pet had their rattlesnake vaccine. What do I do if they’ve been bitten?
If your pet has been vaccinated and you think they were bitten, you should try to stay as calm as possible. Pets can pick up on your stress. Next, pick up your pet and carry them to your vehicle as quickly as you can. You should then call in and let us know that your pet has fallen victim to a rattlesnake bite and that you plan to bring them in to have them seen by a veterinarian (we can be reached at: (509) 663-6542). Lastly, drive your pet to the vet.