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From a California vet...

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On average, the doctors at The Drake Center treat one snake bite per week in peak rattlesnake season, between the months of May and September. Thankfully, a preventative vaccine is currently available for dogs—but is it a good fit for your family?

This vaccine—given in two doses one month apart the first year, followed by an annual booster— stimulates the immune system to generate protective antibodies against rattlesnake venom. These protective antibodies function by neutralizing the venom in the case of a bite. After vaccination, dogs are reported to experience less pain and have a reduced risk of permanent injury from rattlesnake bites. Testing has been performed to show that serum from vaccinated dogs and other animals neutralizes venom from a number of species of Crotalus found in the United States.

It is essential to note, however, that the vaccine does not eliminate the need to seek emergency veterinary care after the pet is bitten. Even a vaccinated dog may still go into shock and need lifesaving medical care, including an injection of antivenin to neutralize the toxicity of the venom. The vaccine also does not provide protection against venom from the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth), Mojave Rattlesnake or Coral Snake.

Treatment for rattlesnake evenomation involves:

-Treating for shock with intravenous fluids, pain medications and steroids
-Treating the wound with topical therapy and antibiotics
-Testing and treating for coagulopathies (trouble clotting the blood)
-Administration of intravenous antivenin and monitoring for anaphylactic reactions
-All pets will need to be hospitalized and most pets will need 24-hour care at an emergency hospital even with the vaccination.
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--- Quote from: T-Dozzer on June 01, 2021, 02:13:01 PM ---How old do the pups need to be before getting the snake bite shots?

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Methow vet says 4 months. https://www.methowvalleyvethospital.com/rattlesnake-vaccine-faq.html


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