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My dog got bitten by a rattlesnake! #6537264
05/14/19 11:45 AM
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Hello,
Our dog got bitten on the face by a rattlesnake yesterday! [Linked Image]
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What should I do?
Thanks,
AuthorTrapper.

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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537266
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Go see your Veterinarian...


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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537290
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Wow! I would of guessed more swelling by now. How is his demeanor? I would call the vet and see what he says before just taking him the vet.

The thing is as soon as he got bite you should of got him in for the shots. Usually a couple will do the job. The longer you wait the less effect the shot will be or if anything. I can tell you it isn't cheap.

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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537308
05/14/19 01:22 PM
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Cow dogs around here are bit every year. Call the vet; may say to do nothing, or they may charge you copious amounts to basically do nothing. Make sure the dog has plenty of water to drink and to lay down in (seriously)..

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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537310
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He's probably fine if that happened yesterday. I've heard of dogs having their airways swell nearly shut.

Jack, don't hate on your vet just because he/she charges for their work. Or maybe you know as much about medicine as a doctor.

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537340
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3 weeks ago the squirrel dog got bit by a rattle snake. She swelled up and looked terrible. I gave her a benydryl in the morning and one in the afternoon and in 2 days the swelling was considerable less and she was feeling better, she slept a lot too. She learned her lesson on the snakes and she bayed one in the yard last weekend and I killed it. But I figure she'll get bit again...d2

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537341
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I’ve given benedryl. Time and water. Dogs usually seem to do ok, or die. Not much room in between, so at this point you’re looking ok.

I agree with Jack. A big difference between charging for your work and gouging someone who’s family members life is in your hands. Bull crap that stuff should cost $500/vial and the dog needs 10, plus extra fees

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537361
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I have had a few dogs get bitten by pygmy rattlesnakes. The vets says not anti venom for dogs so they always give a aintibodic. My vet has never charged me more then 200 for anything even when my house dog about got its eye picked out and had to have surgery and its eye sewed shut

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537374
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My Vet told me a dog's head/face area really doesn't have too many major blood vessels, so a head bite is usually not fatal. The shots can actually be rougher on them than letting it take it's course.


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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537379
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my vet would tell me it depends on a couple of factors: how much venom the snake got into him; how much venom the snake had to give,like if had recently struck something else and was low in his venom glands..my thoughts if the dog is doing as good as he looks 24 hours later he will probably make it.at least call the vet if you know him well and talk to him..maybe he would call you if he is busy and would have time later in the day..your call ..how important is the dog to you?

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537382
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I can only speak to the rattlesnakes of the northwest but the standard treatment for dogs getting bit by the ones up here is to give Benadryl by mouth (1mg per pound of the dog) and a penicillin shot to ward off infection and then let the dog recover. No vet. But the 2 aforementioned remedies should have been done immediately. I would at least call your vet since you haven't done anything for a day now. You owe it to your dog.


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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537397
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bbasher -

I didn't mean to come across as vet-bashing. Sorry. They've bailed several of my animals (and me on more than one occasion) out of pretty severe predicaments. I generally think they've got more savvy than a lot of MDs I've been to (and no, now I'm not bashing MDs). I work closely and continuously (for nearly 40 years) with wildlife vets. Just that 24 hours after a snake-bite, the "good" vets I've worked with will tell you to keep the dog hydrated and provide a pool of water (or a local stream), while a scant few will go for the thousand dollar rewards. Like any profession (except lawyers), there are good'uns and bad ones.

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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537427
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Here she is today. Swelling is worse! Her neck is about 3 times it's normal size!
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We were told to give her a Benadryl.

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537511
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We give Benadryl and Ibuprofen.

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537514
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Id take his collar off and give him a day or two. He will be fine.


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Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537516
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Don't give them ibuprofen, it will shut their kidneys down and they'll go into renal failure...d2

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: D-2] #6537531
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take collar off swelling will cause dog to choke give dog 2ccdex 1cc penicillin 1ccper lb of childs benadryl

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537546
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I don't think vets recommend it any more but I have given a lot of dogs and cats dexamethasone for a snake bite with great results.

Re: My dog bot bitten by a rattlesnake! [Re: AuthorTrapper] #6537551
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If you can get your hands on some dexamethasone it will help a lot. A shot of penicillin wouldn’t hurt either..

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Shoot the poor thing if your not going to get it medical help..

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