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Rattlesnake Bites And Vaccinations

Rattlesnake Bites And Vaccinations At Our Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region

If you live in a location where the chance of your pet contracting a snake bite is possible, taking steps to protect your animal is important. Contact Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region in Cambridge, ON at the first signs that your dog or cat has been the victim of a rattlesnake bite or to get them a rattlesnake vaccination for protection. Here is some information about rattlesnake bites and pets.

dog playing outside in rattlesnake areaHow To Tell If Your Pet Has Been Bitten By A Rattlesnake

If your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake, they will most likely have a puncture wound with bleeding present. This is an immediate symptom and the first indication there is a problem. Your pet may pant excessively and show signs of pain or inflammation in the affected area. In later stages, your pet will become lethargic and suffer from muscle tremors. Vomiting or diarrhea may be present as well. Do not allow your pet to move around if you suspect they have a snake bite as this will increase the amount of venom that travels through their body. Instead, pick up your pet and transport them to our facility immediately for an evaluation.

When To Vaccinate Due To Rattlesnake Bites

If you have seen rattlesnakes when going on walks with your dog or in your yard where your cat frequents, getting a rattlesnake vaccination is extremely important. This vaccination can be given to your pet at a relatively young age. This vaccine needs to be given to your dog or cat thirty days before a bite occurs for the medicine to distribute throughout their body for protection. A followup shot is then given every six months thereafter to protect your pet from bites year-round.

Why It is Important To Vaccinate Your Pet After A Bite

If your pet has a rattlesnake bite, an anti-venom vaccination can be administered afterward. This will relieve the symptoms they are experiencing. Our veterinarian will do a complete evaluation of their condition to determine if the wound is indeed caused by a rattlesnake and they will inject your pet with the vaccination and monitor their responses so further treatment is conducted if necessary.

Contact Our Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region in Cambridge, ON Today!

If you suspect your pet has a rattlesnake bite, or if you want to provide them with protection should they receive a snake bite, contact Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Waterloo Region to make an appointment with our veterinarian for a rattlesnake vaccination. Call us today at (519) 650-1617 to find out how we can help your pet in this type of situation.

 

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