Understanding Your Pet’s Risk and the Rattlesnake Vaccination

Can the rattlesnake vaccination for dogs help save your dog from a snake bite?California living is hard to beat, but one thing that many of us could live without is the worry of rattlesnakes. If you have lived here very long, you have probably learned a little bit about rattlesnake safety and how to peacefully cohabitate with the reptiles in the landscape.

Every year, though, our staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital treats pets who have been envenomated by rattlesnakes. Understanding your pet’s risks is helpful to determine how to better protect them from having this happen and to determine whether rattlesnake vaccination is appropriate for your pet.

A Calculated Risk

Snakes are cold-blooded critters, which means that they are most active in the warmer, dry months. Here in Northern California, we are in snake season. Beginning in April and extending into October, we consider this part of the year to be high risk for snake exposure. Continue…

What You Need to Know About the Rattlesnake Vaccination for Dogs

Rocklin_iStock_000005355248_LargeIf you live in here in California, you probably know a little bit about rattlesnakes. The bite of one of these venomous snakes can pack a big punch. In fact, rattlesnake venom can be fatal for people and pets alike.

Even if you practice good rattlesnake safety, pets can still happen upon these dangerous animals, and bites do happen. That is why the rattlesnake vaccination for dogs is so important in this neck of the woods.

About the Rattlesnake Vaccination for Dogs

Many vaccinations are recommended for pets, but not all pets need every vaccine.  Some vaccinations, such rabies, are considered core and advisable for almost all animals. Others are risk-based vaccines that are only administered in certain situations. The rattlesnake vaccine falls into the second category. Pets who may be considered for the vaccine include dogs: Continue…