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Old 12-26-2005, 06:40 PM   #1
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Our Bassets' vet just told us they have a vaccine you can give your dogs to lessen the effects of a rattlesnake bite. They get a shot, a booster in a month and then yearly boosters. The vaccine is geographically specific, so ours is for the West Coast. We are gonna give it a try and hope we never need it. Milo and Lucy's mom
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Is there such a thing as a genric vaccine? I was under the inpression that every species of rattle snake had it's own anti venom??? Maybe dogs are differnt than humans.----Pieman
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WOW - thanks for the info. This is good to know as our border collie has tried to herd these unfriendly critters several times.
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:16 PM   #4
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Is that the vaccine from Red Rock Biologics? I believe that one alleges that it is effective for half a dozen snakes in that one geographic area. Most, not all though.
I assume you have been told that post-bite, your animals will still have to have some treatments.

If your area (and dogs) have year-round snake exposure, I believe the regiment requires 6-month boosters forever.
Why don’t you just snake-proof your animals? You should be able to find snake-proof clinics integrated to most hunting/pointing dog clubs. Try, GSP, Vizsla or Weim clubs in your area.
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We travel to the southern California desert and to Baja and hike near our house in the foothills. Never seen a poisonous snake in our yard--our cat brings us home small ?ribbon snakes. I don't know who the manufacturer is but figured its cheap insurance for a BAD event. Also saw an old thread where injectable vitamin C is recommended. Gonna do some more research on that.
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Why don’t you just snake-proof your animals? You should be able to find snake-proof clinics integrated to most hunting/pointing dog clubs. Try, GSP, Vizsla or Weim clubs in your area.
That would be my suggestion too. I know courses are offered around our neck of the woods.
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This sounds kind of hokie to me, knowing what I know about snake bites.
A few months ago, a man here in Florida shot a rattle snake 5 times, with a shot gun. Thinking the snake was dead, he went to pick it up and it bit him. They went through 30 vials of antivenom in 2 weeks, and the man still died.

Best thing to do, is cut the head off and leave it for a day or two. Don't touch the head! Use a shove or tongs, after it is dead, to dispose of it.
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I have a recipe for rattlesnake somewhere. If anyone is interested.
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Our small dog was bitten by a baby rattler (they apparently let all the venom go at once...) a couple of years ago, and immediately went into seizures. We got her immediately to an emergency vet who fortunately had some anti-venon. It's not only hard to get, but it has a very short "holding" time, and has it's own side-effects. She was sick, and despite having a necrosis and abcess at the bite site, she survived. (Well she is somewhat bitchier.)
There is no scientifically proven vaccine or booster. The only preventative is to keep your pets out of harms way during snake season...And if they do get bit, stay calm so they do, and get them to a vet ASAP.
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http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/n....lasso?id=7763
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This sounds kind of hokie to me, knowing what I know about snake bites.
A few months ago, a man here in Florida shot a rattle snake 5 times, with a shot gun. Thinking the snake was dead, he went to pick it up and it bit him. They went through 30 vials of antivenom in 2 weeks, and the man still died.

Best thing to do, is cut the head off and leave it for a day or two. Don't touch the head! Use a shove or tongs, after it is dead, to dispose of it.
It's OK to cut off the head, but bury it or otherwise safely dispose of it. You do not want a child, dog or cat to find it and get an accidental envenomation. The snake does not have to be alive to be a hazard.
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We are the proud owners of two 2 year old Australian Cattle dogs. We camp in the desert and high dry country and encounter rattlesnakes of all sizes. Usually under three feet long, and one over four feet long in Nevada this Summer.

For some reason these two dogs have a natural "fear" of snakes. They can actually jump up and backwards when they encounter a snake in their path. It is the snake that is stepped upon that is likely to bite. I have been told by the Forest Service rangers there are two kinds of bites. A large animal, including humans, can receive a "dry bite". The rattlesnake's intent is to keep you away and does not inject venom. The venom is for potential prey, and not to be wasted on cattle, elk, deer, dogs... etc. Then the strike that inject venom. Since my wife and I are watching the ground for "geological wonders" to be found, we do not miss any kind of snake. Tall grass is where you will step on a non suspecting snake and get a bite of one kind or other.

Two Rockdocking tips. (1) Always have a walking stick when you hike. You work the walking stick ahead of you, and that will help attract the accidently meeting. Not your leg. Wear long levi pants for more protection. I have a wonderful five foot walking stick selected from a forest on Easter Island, years ago. It also serves as a "nose knocker" for bear, grizz or whatever you do not want to get within 5 feet of... Longer stick, longer range.

(2) Wear a cowboy hat. Yes. The brim acts as a sound dish and you hear the snake before you see it. You also hear every step you make, but I kid you not. The snake will feel you coming before you even know one is near.

I have encountered many rattlesnakes in the west, even close to our tent in our tent camping days, and gently used my walking stick to move the snake along. I am more afraid of Copperheads and the "non" rattling poisonous snakes. Those I can not help you with avoidance. You either see them or you do not. Trust me. Any snake is not interested in having you as a friend and will try to avoid you. On a cold morning you can have little fear, as they are cold blooded. Until they warm up on a sunny day, there will be little to fear... usually.

The photograph is a rattle snake in the Monitor Mountains of Nevada and closer to five feet long encountered this August. Texas sized!

What do I really know about snakes? Nothing.
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I spoke to my vet about the vaccine. He told me that it is only effective against the Western Diamondback, which is predominant in this area. It will do absolutely nothing against the Mojave rattlesnake.

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down here in south texas we have them alot ,i was on the mower a few weeks back and ran over two but did not see the next one till after it got me HOLLY S*** good thing i had on my snake boots (first time i ever woar them ).first time i ever got bit
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