With the warmer weather comes more walks, hikes, and time spent outdoors. For those in the southwest US, that means a greater risk of rattlesnake encounters. Dexter the 3-year-old Beagle recently had a run-in with a rattlesnake that earned him a trip to the emergency vet clinic.
When a pet is bitten by a snake, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care (Don’t apply heat or ice or try to suck out the venom). Dexter received a blood test which determined there was venom in the bite (about 25% of rattlesnake bites do not release venom) and this meant that he would need antivenin.
It is important to be prepared and alert when exploring areas where rattlesnakes may be present to try and prevent bites. A second dose of antivenin can be more dangerous to your pet than the snake bite itself, so it is best to avoid repeated snake bites.
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