Dr. Taylor treating Peggy Sue for a rattle snake bite
"Peggy Sue" - Dr Taylor's dog was bitten by a rattlesnake her own
backyard in July 2015. She is a 15 year old cocker/chow cross so she took it pretty
hard and so did Dr. Taylor. Luckily Peggy Sue has recovered. It just
goes to show that even a veterinarian gets to know how it feels when
your pet is seriously injured. Rattlesnake bites are very serious and
luckily most pets survive if they receive veterinary care quickly even
if they haven't received antivenin or rattlesnake vaccines. Take your pet immediately to the nearest veterinarian or animal emergency center. Avoid areas where rattlesnakes live, keep you eyes and ears open when hiking and keep your dog on a leash at all times.
But sometimes the rattlesnake comes into your yard looking for food
(rodents) or looking for a new territory when their area has been clear
or just a cool area like a garage. Signs of a rattlesnake bite are
sudden bruised swelling, small puncture marks, and pain. If you find a
snake in your yard or house call a rattlesnake service such as Ramirez
Rattlesnake Removal. They will catch the snake and remove it an area in
the national forest, approved by Cal Fish and Wildlife Services where
it is needed to control the rodent population.