Hiking With Your Dog: Rattlesnake 101

What to do After the Bite

While immediate recognition of the bite is critical, it's what you do after the bite occurs that will make the difference. Take these four steps if the worst does occur. 

  1. Try to identify the snake and take note if there is a rattle.  
  2. Keep the dog as still as possible so that the venom does not spread.
  3. Do not cut the area or try to suck the venom out.
  4. Get to the closest vet ASAP.  

Note: Some vets don't carry the anti-venom you need. Therefore, if you're going camping, hiking or live in a rural area, call beforehand to see what vet in the area carries it.

Hiking with your dog is always encouraged, but snakes are often around the trails. Just remember to stay aware at all times, take all the necessary precautions, and keep a close eye on your pup. No matter what, don't let the fear of a snake bite keep you from enjoying a relaxing hike with Fido. 

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