Considering we have already had a few rattlesnake encounters up here in these foothills (all three dogs – fortunately without serious incident) the annual vaccination seems worth the cost and temporary inconvenience. Certainly no guarantee, but if bitten the vaccination should help reduce the severity of pain and venom effects.   The traveling time for appropriate treatment is another big consideration in these “semi-remote” foothills also.  Naturally there are many opinions on the subject of rattlesnake vaccinations – heck, consider there are many parents who refuse to vaccinate their children for fear of complications as well.  Many different perspectives.

This is only one article encouraging such medical treatment:


Reduced activity following any vaccination is reasonable and also provides time for some extra attention.  All my dogs typically “take the day off” after vaccinations with some extra sleep (and treats) but are raring to go the next morning.    Anyway – it’s getting to be that season again – be careful during foothill frolics!

My best to you and yours, Lew


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