You may think we are at the end of Rattlesnake season in New Mexico, but you would be wrong. In the past week we have heard of 2 different cases of people being bitten by Rattle Snakes, and people are a lot less likely to be bitten than your dog.
Rattlesnake bites are painful but they can also cause some serious damage. The area where the bite is will get swollen, the venom impairs the ability of blood to clot, your dog can go into shock and it can even cause death. The treatment is an anti-venom which neutralizes the venom, pain medication, IV fluids and antibiotics for any potential infection. Even with treatment, your dog may have long-term health issues.
The good news is Vetco on Menaul offers a rattlesnake vaccine which reduces the effect of the venom from a rattlesnake bite. This simple vaccine can save your dog’s life, and you can get it during our daily walk-in shot clinics.
The vaccination is mostly an annual to biannual vaccine. When you get the first vaccination your dog will need a booster one month later. Then you will only need to get it annually, or every 6 months if you live in an area that has rattlesnakes all year. Talk to your veterinarian about the frequency for rattlesnake vaccinations.
The vaccination is most effective for the first 4 to 6 weeks after vaccination, which will cover the majority of the remaining hiking season in Albuquerque.
When hiking with your dog please follow good safety rules:
- Stay on paths.
- Keep your dog on a leash.
- Discourage digging under rocks
- Discourage running through brush.