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Protecting Your Pets from Rattlesnake Bites


Protecting Your Pets from Rattlesnake Bites

San Bernardino County and Riverside County have plenty of hiking and biking trails that are amazing to go on. We know Fontana and surrounding cities (Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, etc…) have some scenic trails. Dr. Sudeep Wahla and Dr. Kenneth Aponte of Prestige Animal hospital discuss how to keep your pets safe from rattlesnakes, which can pose a real danger to you and your pets.

Topics include:

  • Trail walking with your dog
  • Pet curiosity
  • Keeping dogs on a leash
  • Try to avoid going off trail into brush
  • Rattlesnake vaccine efficacy
  • Rattlesnake avoidance training for your pet

Featured Quote:

A rattlesnake avoidance class is probably the best way to go about it.

Video Transcript:

Hi, it's Dr. Aponte from Prestige Animal Hospital here with Dr. Sudeep Wahla, and Credos, and we wanted to talk to you guys about some of the dangers this summer, especially snakes.

 

So rattlesnakes can be in any part of the environment, especially when you come to places like this and you can see these guys trying to find something to play with. So that's very dangerous. So they can hide under rocks, they can hide in bushes and definitely the dogs are going to be interested in the sounds and the smells.

 

So if you do get a bite from them, try to immediately take them to the hospital. There are vaccines available as well. They're not that efficacious. So we normally tell you the best thing to do is to train your pets, try to get the classes to help them identify the sounds and move away from them.

 

Yeah, I mean I completely agree with Dr. Aponte and if you are in area with more snakes, make sure you're clearing the brush and debris from your yard because that's where they like to hide in shady areas as well, especially during summer. So avoid those rattlesnakes at all costs. A rattlesnake avoidance class is probably the best way to go about it.

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