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Rattlesnake Vaccinations for Dogs from Centennial Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs

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If you live in an area with rattlesnakes, your dog faces a serious risk of falling prey to a snake bite. Rattlesnakes will strike when approached unexpectedly or cornered, causing a serious bite that can prove deadly. You can help protect your dogs from this risk by acquiring rattlesnake vaccinations from your veterinary professional.

Here at Centennial Animal Hospital, we keep the health and safety of the pets under our care our top priority. Our Colorado Springs veterinarians offer rattlesnake vaccinations to dogs in high-risk areas in an effort to reduce the risks of complications from snake bites. We also help educate dog owners about the best preventative tactics to use to keep their dogs safe from snake bites and can administer anti-venom and emergency care should your dog be bitten.

Rattlesnake Vaccinations for Your Dogs

If you live in areas known for rattlesnakes, it is recommended to have your dogs vaccinated as a precaution. The vaccine will help your dog generate protective antibodies to help in case they are ever bitten. Your vet can also give you tips on how to keep snakes off of your property and teach your dog to avoid them at all costs.

Check Your Dog for Rattlesnake Bite Signs and Symptoms

A rattlesnake bite can be difficult to spot if you do not know what you are looking for during the examination of your dog. If you suspect a snake bite, you should check your dog all over for a set of two puncture wounds set closely together. You may also notice swelling and redness around the bite area. As the venom starts to circulate through your dog’s body, you may notice your animal experiencing difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, excessive salivation and panting.

Veterinary Care After a Snake Bite

You should acquire veterinary care for your dog at the very moment you suspect it has been bitten by a rattlesnake. Perform a quick check to spot the signs of a snake bite, then bring your dog in for urgent veterinary care.

Even if your dog has received a vaccination, they are not completely immune to the effects of the rattlesnake venom.  Your veterinarian will help mitigate the effects of the bite through the use of anti-venom medications and supportive care.

Schedule Your Dog’s Comprehensive Wellness Examination Today

If you are interested in learning more about rattlesnake vaccination for dogs, speak with your vet at Centennial Animal Hospital. You can learn all you need to know about snake bites and other pet concerns at your normally scheduled pet wellness exams. Your vet will help you determine your dog’s level of risk for a rattlesnake bite and employ preventative tactics that will keep them healthy. Give our Colorado Springs veterinarian a call at 719-528-1693 to schedule your visit.

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