Rattlesnake Vaccination

All it takes is one rattlesnake in your yard or even encountering a rattlesnake on a walk for a potentially fatal bite to occur. By having your pet vaccinated, you can enjoy added peace of mind.

Understanding the Rattlesnake Vaccine

The rattlesnake vaccination helps to decrease the severity of the effects of a bite and buy you a little more time to seek veterinary attention. It does not make a dog “immune” to the venom.

The rattlesnake vaccine:

  • Can be given as early as 16 weeks of age
  • Must be boosted in about 2-3 weeks after the initial vaccination is administered
  • Needs to be repeated annually
  • Should be given about a month before snake season begins for best results
  • Does not offer any protection from other types of snakes

Should My Dog Get This Vaccine?

Because rattlesnakes are relatively common in this part of the country, this vaccination is recommended for most dogs, but is more essential for some. The rattlesnake vaccine should be considered if:

  • Your pet frequents areas where there are large snake populations, including those who go hunting, hiking, or camping
  • Your pet has a strong prey drive and is likely to ignore a rattlesnake’s warnings
  • You have a small dog at high risk of a bite, as smaller pets are more likely to suffer serious side effects
  • You have a curious pet, including a puppy, who is more likely to get themself into trouble

Are There Negative Side Effects?

Some dogs will experience a little bit of fatigue after having the vaccine, but this should generally subside within 12-24 hours and your dog should be back to his or herself in no time.

What Are The Next Steps?

Schedule an appointment online or call (805) 495-1059 today!