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Snake Bite Vaccinations and Sunscreen for Dogs

Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a practicing veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering some questions from Pets Best Facebook page today.

The first question comes from Lee, who asks, “I heard recently about a local vaccine clinic holding a snake vaccination clinic for dogs. What’s this about? I’ve never heard of it. Is it new?”

This is a great question. The vaccine that you are referring to is the rattlesnake vaccine. The way that this vaccine works is it helps keep your dog safe if it were bitten by a rattlesnake. If you live in an area or have the type of lifestyle where you may come in contact with a rattlesnake while you’re hiking or that type of thing, it’s a good idea to think about this vaccine.

It’s given yearly. After the initial dose it has to be given a month later. It is not a substitute for veterinary care if your dog was bitten by a rattlesnake and has had this vaccine. You still need to seek treatment. It just helps them to ensure that they would get better from a rattlesnake bite.

The next question has to do with sunscreen. It comes from Jasmine and the question is, “Is it safe to use sunscreen in the summertime on my dog?”

This is a great question. Dogs with fair skin or with white hair can absolutely get sunburned, just like people can. They can even get skin cancer, just like people can. Sunscreen is safe. You’d probably want to use one that is meant for children or is a more gentle formula. Sprays are really nice, rather than the lotion which can kind of gum up the hair a little bit. Be sure to avoid getting it in the eyes. You want to apply it just like you would for yourself before you go out into the sun.

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2 Comments

  1. Charles Montgomery says:

    I live in the southeast. We have copperheads, cottonmouths, coral snakes as well as rattlers.
    Will the rattlesnake vaccine help if my dog is bitten by the other two pit vipers? We don’t have enough coral snakes to really worry about that one.
    Thank you.

    • crich says:

      Hi Charles, some rattlesnake vaccines may provide partial protection against the venom of other poisonous snakes, but check with your veterinarian. He or she will have access to details from the vaccine’s manufacturer.

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