Rattlesnake Bite Prevention
Rattlesnake season peaks in the hot summer months, but in San Diego, the season often starts in the Spring. A rattlesnake bite can be life threatening to dogs of all sizes, but with a few preventative measures, you can reduce your dog’s risk of being bitten.
- Get your dog the rattlesnake vaccination: Although the vaccination will not completely stop the reaction to the bite, it can reduce it and give you time to get your dog to the vet.
- Keep your dog on a 5-6 foot leash during your walks/hikes. Always stay on open paths, avoiding areas that are rocky or have dense brush.
- Don’t let your dog dig around rocks or explore holes.
- Be aware that rattlesnakes are most active in the morning and evening.
- If you see a rattlesnake, keep your distance.
- Rattlesnake proof your yard: Install hardware cloth along your fence and gates. Bury 12 – 24 feet below ground. Remove shrubs from the fence. Store firewood away from the house, pack holes in the ground, keep grass mowed, keep rodents under control eliminate anything that can attract them (i.e. birdseed, pet food, etc), and keep trash cans securely covered at all times.Seek immediate medical attention if your dog has a puncture wood, swelling and panting/ drooling. Not all veterinarian clinics carry the anti-venom, so be sure to research the closest emergency vet in your area that could assist with a rattlesnake bite. If you are in East County, seek help from The Emergency and Specialty Center on Jackson Drive.