Rattlesnake Bites, Vaccine, & Prevention
In the Antelope Valley and its surrounding areas we see a high incidence of rattlesnake bites. If
you think your pet has been bitten by a rattlesnake please seek emergency care immediately.
Though the rattlesnake vaccine will typically decrease the pain, swelling and necrosis of a rattlesnake bite your pet still needs to be treated immediately. We do not advise placing a tourniquet, cutting open the bite site etc. The best prognosis for your bitten pet is emergency
Treatment of rattlesnake bites typically includes:
- Blood work
- Catheter and Intravenous fluid therapy
- Medications (NSAIDS, antibiotics etc) - for infection and pain control
- Close patient monitoring
- Referral for 24 hour care pending response of treatment.
There is a rattlesnake vaccine that is available to us. If your pet is at any risk of encountering a
rattlesnake we strongly urge the vaccine. The vaccine consists of a series of 2 shots 3-4 weeks
apart and then an annual booster from then on.
Rattlesnake avoidance classes are offered at various locations throughout the community. These classes can be very helpful in training our loved pets to avoid rattlesnakes when they are