Rattlesnake vaccines are vital for dogs in Albuquerque and all New Mexico. New Mexico is a rattlesnake state. We have some of the highest rates of rattlesnake bites in the country. People and animals are bitten both in the city and in rural areas. It is highly recommended that you vaccinate your dog to help protect against the effects of a rattlesnake bite. The rattlesnake vaccination is only meant for dogs. If your dog has been bitten, call your vet immediately, even if they have the vaccine. Your vet will need to determine the severity of the bite, but no matter what, a snakebite is always serious.