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Protecting Your Dog From Rattlesnakes

Arizona is a beautiful state, with absolutely breathtaking landscapes. However, not all the denizens of our lovely state are friendly. Some, such as rattlesnakes, can pose a deadly threat to both people and pets. Dogs are particularly known for getting into scrapes with snakes, in part because they love to poke their noses into, well, pretty much everything. Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet offers some tips on keeping Fido safe from snakes.

Training

First things first: make sure that Fido knows basic doggy obedience commands. If you come across a snake while you are walking your furry friend, being able to tell your pooch to Sit, Come, or Stay could save his life! Some dogs also benefit from specific snake-avoidance training.

Terrain

Fido’s sense of curiosity can get him into trouble. When walking your canine buddy, stay away from anything that could be a potential snake habitat. This includes things like logs, trash piles, holes under sheds and garages, and piles of wood or debris.

Vaccinations

There are rattlesnake vaccinations available, though these are not a one-size-fits-all solution. They won’t protect Fido from all venomous snakes. You’ll also need to keep up with his booster shots. That said, you may want to get him vaccinated. Ask your vet for more information.

Snakes Not Welcome

There are a few things you can do to make your property less appealing to snakes. They feed on rodents, so if you have mice, rats, or other vermin on your property, use humane methods to evict them. Building a four-foot tall fence will also help. If you have a drain grate, cover it with cloth. Last but not least, plug any holes beneath sheds and garages.

Encounters

Most snakes are shy, and would rather hide than bite. If you do come across a snake when walking Fido, immediately freeze. Then, slowly back away.

Night Safety

When you take your canine companion out at night, bring a flashlight with you. Make sure you can see where both you and Fido are stepping.

Once Bitten

If you know or suspect that your pooch has been bitten, immediately take him to the vet. Dogs can survive snake bites, but it’s absolutely crucial for your pet to be treated right away.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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