Re: Reaction to rattlesnake vaccine
Posted by Doug Meyer on 6/25/2012, 10:12 pm, in reply to "Re: Reaction to rattlesnake vaccine"
I have experienced four dogs struck by poisonous snakes and all lived except for a pregnant female that developed complications from a Copperhead bite and was in acute renal failure expected to end up as a chronic kidney condition. By the way, she had been bit before (Western Diamondback in TX) so she would have made five dogs total for me but she had to go twice! I put her down after an expensive week in the dog ICU. |
I have never considered snake vaccine although I live on a rocky hill edge with copperheads killed on the place every warm season. I run over them with my lawnmower at times so I'm not exagerating the numbers.
Having said all that and knowing the course of swelling and recovery from most "normal" poisonous snake bites, it sounds like the prevention is perhaps worse then the actual snake bite. Now if I was in the neighborhood of 6 foot, 30 pound Eastern Diamondbacks that could probably kill a dog with a half dose, I might think differently.
How about some snake avoidance training with an e-collar and take your chances from there?