Originally Posted by needlessjunk
Glad they are doing better. That's scary. We have everything here (tx) and when we move out to some land we will be getting the rattlesnake shots for sure. They really don't cost all that much either. Heck we had a baby rattler next to our front door this spring and we are in suburbia.
We have rattlesnakes here in Northern Cali too! I've only found the shed skins on my property, but our neighbors have reported seeing them all summer. It makes me very nervous, as it takes us 30 minutes to drive to town, 45 to get to the emergency Vet, so if any of our dogs were bit, it would likely be too late before we could get them any help, unless they've had the shot!
We've asked several vets to administer the rattlesnake shot, but no one will do it! They all say there's too big a risk of bad reaction and no one wants to take on that liability. One vet even had the nerve to tell my husband, "If you don't want your dog to get bit, don't let it near a rattlesnake!" Well, that's all well and good lady, but it doesn't really work that way when you live on 20+ acres! Needless to say, we never went back to that vet.
Anyway, we found a neighbor who says he can and has administered the rattle snake shot. My husband spoke to him so I don't know the details but I believe it was legit. However I am little nervous about this supposed "bad reaction." Does anyone have any first-hand experience with the rattlesnake shot?