Rattlesnake Awareness

Rattlesnake AwarenessAs we head straight into the height of the summer months, we want to take a moment to educate our community on the importance of rattlesnake awareness with your pets. Whether you are planning an outdoor adventure with your pet or if your pet is simply spending more time outside in the yard, it is important to be aware of rattlesnakes around your pets and how to handle an emergency situation.

Natural Instinct

Your pet’s natural instinct when coming into contact with a snake is going to be rooted in curiosity. That is, unless he has been previously trained in how to respond to a snake. Snake aversion training helps pets to associate snakes with caution rather than curiosity, so they don’t get into a dangerous situation trying to play with a new “friend.” When helping your pet with this association, it is important to consult a professional considering the life-threatening danger that rattlesnakes can pose.

Like any other animal training, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to snake aversion training, and positive reinforcement will play an important role. Your pet may need to try multiple techniques to respond in the best way possible. Your trainer will help to determine the best course of action depending on your pet’s breed and temperament.


Another important consideration all pet owners should make is whether or not to include the rattlesnake vaccination in your pet’s annual vaccination schedule. This is particularly important for pets living in an area where venomous snakes are more common, but can also be helpful if you plan to travel with your pet to areas where they may be more present.

It is important to note that the rattlesnake vaccine does not help your pet become “immune” to a venomous snake bite, but it can help buy you some time to get your pet to medical help should he be bitten.

Your Role as a Pet Owner

As a pet owner, it is important to understand your role in helping your pet stay safe in his environment. In addition to snake aversion training and vaccination, it is important for you as the pet owner to also be extremely aware of your pet’s surroundings.

Whether you are on a hike or sending your pet out to the backyard, be a cautious set of eyes for your pet. Be sure to list the nearest pet emergency room and their contact number in an easy-to-access place so you can find it quickly in an emergency situation. Finally, talk to your veterinarian about rattlesnake awareness. They may be able to recommend a trainer or Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist to work with you and your pet.

We recommend rattle snake aversion training. There are several that come to the area thru ought the summer. The clients can Google and find a local class.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Anza Animal Clinic today.

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