When the bluebonnets are blooming, the rattlesnakes are moving. Venomous snakes bite about 150,000 dogs and cats every year. Snake bites are life-threatening, extremely painful, expensive to treat, and can cause permanent damage to your pet. The Rattlesnake vaccine is given in two injections a month apart. Protection peaks about 30 to 45 days after a booster and lasts approximately a year. The vaccine works by creating protective antibodies that help neutralize the venom. If your pet gets bitten by a venomous snake, the treatment can be costly, but with the vaccine, the amount of antivenin needed to treat your pet may be reduced, which can lower your cost and side effects. Snake season is from May to September; when the days start getting hotter, the rattlesnakes become more active. The best way to protect your animal when outside is not to let them wander off and be aware of your surroundings. If your pet gets bit by a snake, rush them to an emergency clinic or veterinary clinic.

Summer is coming, and your pets need protection. If you are interested in getting your pet vaccinated, please contact our office number to set up an appointment. Remember, a safe pet is a happy pet.

For more information on the rattlesnake vaccine please go to the link below.