• Tori Lewis

Spring Rattlesnake Vaccination

As weather heats up, unfortunately so do the rattlesnakes. The rattlesnake vaccine can be the difference between life and death.

Red Rock Crotalus Atrox Toxoid (Rattlesnake Vaccine) for horses and dogs

Rattlesnakes can be found where horses and dogs live, work and play throughout the continental United States.

They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. In southern latitudes they are occasionally found year-round.

Rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency.

Rattlesnake venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spreads through a horse’s body following the bite. The Red Rock Rattlesnake Vaccine for Horses and dogs was developed specifically to help defend them from the dangerous effects of rattlesnake venom.

Horses and Dogs are at higher risk for rattlesnake bite.

They can encounter a rattlesnake anytime they are in rattlesnake habitat. You may travel through or visit places where rattlesnakes are found. Curiosity or a protective instinct can place them at risk. The Red Rock Rattlesnake Vaccine helps to protect them.

Damage caused by rattlesnake bite can be serious.

When injected into an unprotected animal, the toxins in snake venom are very painful and can have serious consequences. Snake venom can cause permanent injury to your animal or even death.

Treatment of rattlesnake bite is expensive.

Costs of snakebite treatment may include hospitalization, intravenous fluids, antivenom or other medicines, and even surgery. Vaccination can reduce the impact of snakebite and decrease treatment costs.

The vaccine stimulates your animals own immunity.

Three doses of vaccine are recommended, spaced one month apart. After that, a booster dose is recommended every six months or yearly. Vaccines work by stimulating an animal’s immunity to defend against potentially harmful agents. The Rattlesnake Vaccine is intended to help create an immunity that will protect your animal against rattlesnake venom.

Snakebite is always an emergency.

Even after your animal is vaccinated against rattlesnake venom, you should still call a veterinarian as soon as possible following snakebite. Veterinarians can determine whether your animal will require additional treatment. Even bites by non-venomous snakes can lead to serious infections and antibiotic treatment may be needed.

Contact Red Barn Veterinary Services for questions on the vaccine. 307-754-8387.

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