At Stetson Hills Animal Hospital, your pet’s safety is a huge concern for us. In our area, rattlesnakes are a major concern and there are a number of ways you can ensure your pet’s safety from them. One way is the rattlesnake vaccine, which can help minimize your pet’s reaction to the venom of a rattlesnake bite. We offer this vaccine and boosters at our animal hospital.
Proper Ways to Handle an Encounter with a Rattlesnake
Another way to ensure your pet’s safety is to know what you need to do in the event that you encounter a rattlesnake. Many people ask us about proper handling of rattlesnakes, but it is important to never handle a rattlesnake in any way. Instead, once you recognize the snake you are dealing with and know that it is a rattlesnake, the best thing you can do is walk away from the situation. Some points to remember are:
- Remain calm
- Slowly walk out of striking distance
- Carefully make your way out of the area, keeping your eyes open for other rattlesnakes
In the event that your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake, carry them gently to your vehicle and limit their movement as much as possible. Rattlesnake bites have the potential to be up to 25 times more deadly in pets than in people so your pet should receive emergency medical treatment immediately.