Snakebites in Family Pets

Written by Heather on . Posted in Animal Nutrition Consulting, Animal Nutrition Solutions, Animal Nutrition Solutions Blog, Canine Nutrition Consulting, Certified animal nutritionist, Equine Nutrition Consulting, equine supplements


By Micaela Lacy

Let’s be honest, most of us treat our pets more like humans than animals. I’ve known dogs who have birthday parties every year and better wardrobes than I do. Some people have pets instead of kids and will do almost anything to ensure their well-being. This includes keeping them safe.

Summer is upon us, which means hotter weather, taller grass, and more critters in our backyards that bite, that could potentially injure our cats and canines. We love our domesticated beasts, but as much as we hate to admit it, they aren’t always the brightest of beings–especially if they feel threatened. Today’s infographic shows us what to do if our pets ever come across a snake.

I have an uncle who lives in the rural southwest who owned a golden retriever for a while. The poor creature managed to get into a losing fight with a rattlesnake three times. You would think the dog would have learned something after the first incident, but he continued to be a repeat offender. Maybe it was the rush of the brawl? The fact that dogs live to serve and protect? Either way, this dose of pastoral reality was never any fun for the dog or his owner. Hopefully, an incident like this will never happen to your pet. But if it does, keep calm, and keep this infographic in mind.

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Comments (2)

  • Karen


    I am a Veterinary Technician. We have seen positive benefits of dogs being given the rattlesnake vaccine. For less than $20/vaccine, there is less pain, swelling and often less days of hospitalization. Antivenin may still need to be given depending on the severity of the bite, but some pets did not need it. Currently, the cost of our antivenin for the pet owner is $400. Costs fluxuate depending on manufacturer and size of pet. Larger pets may need more. What is your opinion of the vaccine? I did not see it on your poster, but the right side of it was cut off on my cell phone.


    • Heather


      I think if you live in an area where snakebites are of concern, the vaccine is a great idea. I agree, from personal experience, that the symptoms are greatly reduced and healing time is much faster after a bite when the vaccine is given.


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