Animal Clinics Seeing More Rattlesnake Bites Than Normal

If you've ever had a pet get bitten by a rattlesnake, you're not alone, but one thing you may not be aware of is a relatively new vaccine for the bites.

Seeing a pet's face, arm, or leg swell up in a matter of minutes after a snake bite can leave an owner feeling helpless.

Since rattlesnake bites in our area are up, we wanted to find out what owners can do when a pet encounters a snake.

Vets say look for signs of a bite if your animal is acting strange. They says anytime you see your animal jump back from something and whimper or cry or any kind of weepy, bloody lesion, to get help.

One local clinic says they alone have seen over 40 animals with snake bites since the spring. But recently, it's been more frequent; just in the last 24 hours, the clinic has seen 4 animals with snake bites.

Most veterinary clinics carry a rattlesnake vaccine, made to lessen the pain and seriousness stemming from rattlesnake bites.  But even with the vaccine, veterinarians say get a bite checked out anyway.

Bites on the face are less severe than bites on the leg or arm, because there is more room to swell on the face. Also, larger animals tend to do better than smaller ones.

Animals can be in the hospital anywhere from a day to a week for a snake bite, depending on its severity. Vets say the more comfortable they are, the better they heal.

The best thing you can do for your pet is take it to the vet if it is bitten by a snake.