Buster was bitten by a rattlesnake on the top of his nose. His owners brought him in within thirty minutes of the bite, and he was already developing marked swelling on his muzzle. Luckily, all of his other vital signs were stable and we were able to start treatment with antivenin, antibiotics and pain medication right away. With aggressive treatment he remained stable and was able to go home the next day.
On recheck three days after the bite, his swelling and pain were much improved and he was eating well and feeling much more like himself. He has continued to recover well since then.
Rattlesnake bites can be deadly for dogs; immediate and aggressive veterinary care helps increase the odds of a successful outcome. Rattlesnake vaccine is not a substitute for veterinary treatment, but can give you some extra time to get to your veterinarian; this is especially helpful for dogs who are in remote areas when they are struck.
Rattlesnake avoidance is the best tactic of all. In our area, rattlesnake avoidance classes are offered in the Spring and early Summer. Please contact us for information on these classes.