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Protecting Your Pets From Rattlesnakes

Updated: Wednesday, September 25 2013, 11:26 AM CDT

Fall is finally here and cooler temperatures are attracting Rattlesnakes. The deadly reptiles are on the prowl looking to fill their bellies for hibernation and they've recently been spotted on some of Austin favorite trails. While humans know to stay far away, our pets are a little more curious. Harlen Winter with Winter Kennels recommends some training that can teach K-9's to avoid the slithering serpents that may have a venomous bite.

"I remove the venom bladder surgically and break the fangs off so you don't have to worry about your pet. When they get to close, it bites them and I give them a mild shock with an electronic dog collar and they will avoid snakes for the rest of their lives," says Winter.

The cost for snake avoidance training is $60 per dog.

If your pooch does get bit, Dr. TJ Palvino at Austin Vet Hospital says there's a Rattlesnake vaccine that can help save their lives and it only costs $20 as opposed to a Rattlesnake anti-venom which can set you back hundreds of dollars, sometimes even thousands depending on the dose needed.

"While it isn't a cure for a Rattlesnake bite it can lessen the impact of a bite." says Dr.Palvino.

Regardless if your dog does have the vaccine, if it gets bit you should see your veterinarian immediately.

To get the rattlesnake vaccine visit

For more information on snake avoidance training visit

Protecting Your Pets From Rattlesnakes

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