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Rattlesnake Vaccine Available to Help Protect Your Dog

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YAKIMA, Wash-- There is a dog vacinne for rattlesnake bites, but it's only been on the market for a few years now.

Vetrinarians suggest that if you think your dog has been bitten by a snake bring it in right away. The treatment of the animal really varies according to several factors---the location of the bite and the size of the dog. Often times when snakes bite they don't secrete poison, but the swelling caused by a snake bite can be very dangerous if near the neck of the pet. Common treatment will include anti-inflamitory drugs.

Brian Levitan's dog was recently bitten by a rattlesnake, "See look outside the window and there's a four foot long rattle snake right in our yard just right over there, just literally feet from the window and it just kind of kept slithering across."

At first Brian and his wife were unsure why their dog Willy was so quite, but when they saw the snake they realized what happened. The vet shaved Willy's neck and was able to see the bite marks. Willy's whole underside is swollen and purple, but with medicine he should get better.

Naches Veterinary Services is a local vet that offers the rattlesnake vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses the first year and then a one dose each Spring the years to follow. Each dose costs around $40.