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Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby overheadx2 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:40 pm

The wife an I went to big bear with the new dog, and did some mountain biking and day hikes. Woke up this AM, and decided to do a quick one to Bertha peak before heading home. As we were finishing the hike, the dog was on leash, but jumped into the bushes after what I thought was a lizard, and proceeded to get into it with a rattler. She got bit on the snout, and it started to swell in about 5 min. Luckily we were able to get her to the vet within about 15 min, and she is doing fine. We had to stay another night so she could be observed overnight, but we are supposed to take her home in the AM. Well that was a very expensive lesson about not getting the annual rattlesnake vaccine for your dog. The vet said that the vaccines work very well in significantly reducing bite symptoms as well as cost. We are also scheduled to do some aversion training if she hasn't already figured it out.
If you take your dog out for hikes in the foothills, make sure you get the vaccine. It is amazing how fast it happened.



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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:48 am

Happy to read your dog is okay! By the way, how much does the vaccine cost? How
long is it effective for?
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:40 pm

Also glad your dog is ok and you were close enough for quick vet care! Guessing your bill was at least 400 buxx.

Found this little tidbit looking around today: http://rattlesnakevaccinefordogs.com/faqs.html

My dog, Samantha had a propensity for snapping at wasps and bees. Muzzle and eyes would swell up almost immediately. Benadryl worked well for that if the swelling got too much.

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:03 pm

I don't know how much the vaccine costs but assuming about $50. My vet said the aversion training ($80) is much more effective than the vaccine since they won't go near a snake afterwards. The vet bill with anti venom was $1700. Almost had to take a loan out to save my dog. That's why I was giving the heads up to other dog owners. $80 for the aversion and $50 for the annual vaccine is a much cheaper way to go. Many people just give their dogs a boat load of Benadryl and hope for the best. The vet said the dog has a less than 50/50 shot with Benadryl and rest.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:08 pm

$1700!!! ouch.

Called my vet to see if they carried it, and she informed me that most places don't so I'm expecting the vaccine will be a LOT more than 50 buxx.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:16 pm

OUCH is right. I nearly choked when we sat down to discuss possible payment plans. it's a good thing I got her from the pound. At least now she costs the same as a pedigree. Again. I was pretty ignorant about rattle snake treatments, and wish I would have known this info prior. A simple vaccine would have saved me a ton of $. I guess I didn't need that new tent this year! Phil
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:23 pm

Looked on line, and it said the vaccine is about $20. Even if that's low, it shouldn't be much more. You may have to go to a vet in a rattle snake area. My cousin lives in castaic which is loaded with rattlers and said that every vet there has them. The vaccine lasts for 6 months so dogs in California only need annual shots since we don't have to worry in the winter. Most dogs should get their annual vaccine by late march or early April unless the season starts earlier where you live.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:31 pm

good to know. The other aspect is pet health care. I didn't look into it for my dogs, but I wish i had. Sam was a $4000 dog by the end. Bubba is closer to maybe a $2000 dog. That doesn't include food, toys and treats.

I like the Aversion therapy idea. Bubba would ignore that anyway.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby schmalz » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:38 pm

Wow! Thanks for posting this. I really need to get Callie the vaccine. I have done two rounds of the aversion training for her at least.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:17 pm

They are offering aversion training at the bass pro shop here in Rancho Cucumunga. I am planning on taking the dog and seeing if she learned anything. There was a 15 minute lapse between the bite and the beginning of symptoms, so she may not have gotten the correlation. How did you like the Aversion therapy? Seems a little rough, but if a few shocks keep her away from snakes, I'll do it.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby oldranger » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:29 pm

So is a similar vaccine available for humans?

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Phil,

Maybe you need to leash up OldRanger and get him some Aversion therapy as well. :)

According to what i've been looking at, Mike, No. Not for humans.
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