Rattlesnake Vaccine Questions Answered:
Is my dog at risk for a rattlesnake bite?
You and your dog may live near rattlesnakes or visit places where rattlesnakes are found. Like people, dogs may stumble upon a snake by accident. Curiosity or a protective instinct can place your dog at risk.
Where do rattlesnakes live?
They are found in wetlands, deserts, and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons but may be found year-round in southern latitudes.
What happens when my dog is bit?
When injected into an unprotected dog, snake venom is very painful and can have serious consequences and cause permanent injuries.
How does the rattlesnake vaccine work?
The vaccine was shown in dogs to generate protective antibodies against rattlesnake venom. Protective antibodies function by neutralizing rattlesnake venom. Dogs with protective antibodies are reported to experience less pain and have a reduced risk of permanent injury from a rattlesnake bite.
Remember: A snakebite is always an emergency.
Even after your dog is vaccinated against rattlesnake venom, they should be taken directly to an emergency veterinary hospital for evaluation immediately following a snakebite. Even bites by non-venomous snakes can lead to serious infections, and antibiotic treatment may be needed.