Arizona is home to a dozen species of rattlesnakes, and the spring and summer months are when we see more cases of pets being bitten by them. Rattlesnakes are common in parks, brush-bordered trails, grassy areas, and areas with rocks (where they can hide), so always use extra caution when bringing your pet near these areas. If you’re planning to take your pet outside with you, whether it’s for a hike, camping trip, or visit to the park, we recommend that they receive the rattlesnake vaccine, which is available here at Anthem Pet Medical Center.
How Does the Rattlesnake Vaccine Work?
Made from snake venom, the rattlesnake vaccine reduces or delays the reaction of the bite. Although it helps decrease the severity of the bite, but it does not completely eliminate the reaction. So if your pet is ever bitten, they would still need to seek emergency medical treatment by a veterinarian. Any pet that is vaccinated against rattlesnake bites requires significantly less anti-venin serum for treatment, which can save you time and money, but more importantly, it can save your pet’s life. In addition, our rattlesnake vaccine can help your pet produce antibodies against rattlesnake venom and protect against other venomous snake bites as well. Keep in mind that any pet that receives the rattlesnake vaccine should also receive booster vaccinations, which we can discuss with your during your pet’s appointment.
What to Do If You Encounter a Rattlesnake
If you and your pet cross paths with a rattlesnake (the rattling tail, of course, is the obvious indicator of the type of snake it is), stop, stay calm, and slowly walk away from the snake—away from striking distance. Then carefully walk away from the area, in case more snakes are nearby. And although we hope it never happens, if your pet does get bit by a rattlesnake, gently carry them to your vehicle if possible to limit their movement. Rattlesnake bites are about 25 times more deadly in pets than in humans, so you’ll want to bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately after the bite. The sooner your pet can receive the anti-venin, the greater the chance of successful treatment and survival.
Whether your pet has been bitten or not, they can still receive the rattlesnake vaccine, so schedule an appointment today for the vaccination. Our doctors are committed to both protecting and treating your pet as effectively as possible.