Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by schmalz » Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:46 pm

I now have an appointment for the vaccine this weekend. Thanks for helping push me to do this!


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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by rlown » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:53 pm

remember. even with the vaccine, you still need to take your pet to a vet after a bite.

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Post by DriveFly44 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:25 pm

rlown wrote:remember. even with the vaccine, you still need to take your pet to a vet after a bite.
Absolutely.......it just slows the effects down. Thanks Rlown.


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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by whrdafamI? » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:00 pm

I inquired with my vet about the vaccine and he absolutely will not do it. Says the side effects can do more harm than a actual bite and you never know which dog is going to be allergic. So I have signed Max up for the aversion class instead. I really do appreciate everyone's input on this matter as I never knew there was such a class offered. $95 is a cheap alternative. Hopefully it will curb his inquisitive nature for everything that moves.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by 87TT » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:39 pm

I do both on my lab. Vacine every year and she has had the training twice. They say you should get the vacine just before the snakes come out in the spring so it will be the most effective. I guess it starts to be less effective after six months or so.

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by overheadx2 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:20 pm

Bill, I went online and looked for side effect of the vaccine, and couldn't find any thing besides a possible lump at the injection site or possible flu like symptoms. There was no discussion of serious side effects. Did he mention what he thought could possibly happen?

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by DriveFly44 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:30 pm

I consulted 5 different vets and they all supported the shot. Doesn't mean that the vaccination is void of side effects but I don't know of any that are of concern. I'm sure you can find a vet that has concerns - like Bills. But obviously after my situation that I documented in this topic, I was willing to do it. To each their own.


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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by whrdafamI? » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:41 pm

Here is the interesting part. The people that do the aversion class also advised against the vaccine. The lady said she has seen huge lumps on dogs that have had the vaccine that don't go away. I have mixed feelings at this point. Part of me says do it and the other part says don't. In defense of the don't I have been backpacking now for over 45 yrs. and have not encountered one rattler yet. Doesn't mean I can't or that I won't either. I believe that I will research the vaccine a little bit further before I decide.
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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by 87TT » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:39 pm

My Lab has had it for the last three years (3X) and no side effects.

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Re: Dog got hit by a rattlesnake

Post by rlown » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:44 pm

If I were a vet, i'd support the shot as well; more $'s inbound. Mine said flat out they don't do it as the efficacy isn't there. YVMMV. They pointed me to other vets who would do it. I can't find an actual historical study on the side effects. Drug companies are fun that way.

Personally, i'd go with two rounds of the aversion therapy.

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