Rattlesnake Vaccine for Dogs
Does My Dog Need the Rattlesnake Vaccination?
For dogs in Texas, we highly recommend the Rattlesnake Vaccine. Rattlesnakes and copperheads are common, even in Bryan/College Station. A rattlesnake bite can be life-threatening. Therefore, the vaccine can help save your dog’s life.
In addition, if you take your dog on camping, hunting or hiking trips, the Rattlesnake Vaccine is even more crucial. If you’re unsure about the prevalence of rattlesnakes or copperheads in the areas you travel to, do some research before travelling with your pup.
How Does the Rattlesnake Vaccine for Dogs Work?
The vaccine generates protective antibodies against the rattlesnake venom, which neutralizes the venom itself. With proper vaccination, dogs experience less pain and have a reduced risk of permanent injury from the snakebites from rattlesnakes.
In addition, dogs that receive the vaccine tend to have less swelling, less tissue damage and a faster recovery.
Does the Rattlesnake Vaccine Work for Other Venomous Snakes?
Out of all of the venomous snakes in Texas, rattlesnakes are responsible for most deaths in both humans and animals. However, copperheads are the most common snake to cause bites, due to their tendency to live closer to human habitation. Also, water moccasins can be aggressive and have a higher tendency to deliver venom when they bite.
Fortunately, the Rattlesnake Vaccine also provides protection against copperheads. However, it is not effective against water moccasins or coral snakes.
When is the Best Time to Get the Rattlesnake Vaccine?
We recommend getting the vaccine about one month prior to the start of rattlesnake season.
This is typically during the beginning of May.
What Do I Do If My Vaccinated Dog is Bitten by a Rattlesnake?
A snakebite is always an emergency, even with a vaccination.
If your dog is bitten, contact your veterinarian here at All Pets immediately. We will recommend the appropriate course of action which may include anti-venom treatment or antibiotics. Remember that even non-venomous snake bites can be dangerous.
Contact us with the link below for more information or to get your dog vaccinated today!