Even though dogs have a natural fear of snakes, canines tend to be curious and a snake can strike before you or your dog sees it. To decrease the risk of being bitten, it’s a good idea to stick to well-used trails, keep your dog leashed, and don’t hike alone. It’s also important not to let your dog sniff or step where you can’t see, such as around rocks, brushy areas, and downed logs.
Rattlesnake venom is extremely dangerous as it causes excessive swelling and death of the tissue surrounding the wound. If your pet spends lots of time outdoors or accompanies you on hikes and adventures, you may consider the rattlesnake vaccine. According to the vaccine manufacturer it will reduce the severity of the symptoms; however you will still need to seek immediate veterinary care for your pup if they have been bitten.
Also, the manufacturer suggests that the vaccine is only effective in reducing symptoms for up to nine months. So, if you decide to get a vaccine for your pup this year, we recommend doing it now, so that it will last through our active seasons here on the central coast.
Remember, avoidance is the number one way to reduce a snake bite so check out our spring rattlesnake avoidance class information below!
If your pet spends lots of time outdoors or accompanies you on hikes and other adventures, we strongly encourage you to keep their rattlesnake vaccine current! You can request an appointment online or just give us a call at (805) 357-9411.
Train Your Dog To Avoid Rattlesnakes
Rattlesnake Avoidance Class | Sunday, April 7th
At Las Tablas Animal Hospital | $95 per dog
In addition to a rattlesnake vaccine, you can increase your pet’s protection against deadly rattlesnake bites by signing up for one of our rattlesnake avoidance classes.
The rattlesnake vaccine, in conjunction with a behavior training class, is a great way to keep your adventurous, outdoor pets safe during all of your spring and summer outings.
Register for this class and learn how to keep your dog safe from rattlesnakes. Hurry, spaces fill very quickly. To register, visit the animaliaherp.com website, select “Templeton – Las Tablas Animal Hospital” as your service provider, and then navigate through the calendar to select April 7th as the class date. Call us at (805) 357-9411 if you have any questions about the class.