Rattlesnake Vaccine: What You Should Consider
Over the years Sierra Animal Wellness Center in Colfax has received inquiries about protecting dogs from rattlesnakes via vaccine. Like U.C. Davis, they do not stock or recommend the rattlesnake vaccine currently available. They concur with the university, the AVMA, the AAHA canine vaccine task force and vaccine expert Dr. Jean Dodds that the “information regarding the efficacy of rattlesnake vaccine is insufficient”, it “may produce adverse events with limited benefit” and snake bites generally “respond readily to treatment”. To read more about this vaccine click on Rattlesnake Vaccine: What You Should Consider, go to their website at www.sierraanimalwellnesscenter.com.
Rattlesnake Do’s and Don’ts
“Rattlesnake Do’s and Don’ts” was published in a previous newsletter and is on their web site under “Resources”. It contains information on snake avoidance, recognizing symptoms of snake bite and, if the worst should happen and your dog is bit, what to do and, just as important, what not to do. We hope you never need this, but living in our area it is a good idea to be prepared. Go to www.sierraanimalwellnesscenter.com to read the article.
Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park Presents… RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING
(Recommended by VCA Loomis Basin Vet Clinic, 1800 Pets and Vets, Brighten Greens Vet Hospital and others)
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 WHERE: Western Gateway Dog Park TIME: 9am to 3pm TRAINERS: Get Rattled, Reno, NV
You and your dog can encounter rattlesnakes almost anywhere: your yard, the local park, hiking trail, ranch, etc. Help protect your dog from a painful, costly, and often deadly encounter with a rattlesnake. Any breed or size dog will benefit from this training!
HOW DOES IT WORK? By introducing your dog to juvenile and adult LIVE and SAFELY NEUTRALIZED rattlesnakes of the species found in our area, the trainers will use a remote training (shock) collar to provide an appropriate correction and effectively teach your dog to avoid the sights, sounds and smells of rattlesnakes. This will provide a memorable experience so that most dogs will avoid rattlesnakes, although some may need additional training. The cost for training is $85.00 per dog, and space must be reserved in advance. Current members of Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park will receive a $10.00 discount. Refresher training for dogs who have previously gone through this program with Get Rattled is $60.00. Any and all proceeds collected above cost will help to continue improvements and maintenance at Western Gateway Dog Park.
For more information, visit www.westerngatewaydogpark.org and click on “Upcoming Events”. Registration forms can be printed directly from the website, or may be picked up at the dog park and at some of the following nearby locations: pet supply stores, veterinary clinics and dog trainers. If you have further questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Jeri Stone, President of Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park at 530- 432-4949.