Rattlesnake Awareness For Dog Owners

October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day! We’re happy to provide veterinary care to our scaled friends. However, for this blog, we’re going to focus on wild snakes, specifically rattlesnakes. There are eight different kinds of rattlesnakes here in the Lone Star State. Man’s Best Friend has probably met all of them at some point. A Sugar Land, TX vet discusses keeping Fido safe from rattlesnakes below.


Training isn’t just important for petiquette: it’s also crucial for safety. If you and your pet meet a snake on one of your walks, you need to be able to keep Fido from approaching it. If your pooch just can’t resist investigating wild animals, look into snake-avoidance training.

Watch The Terrain

When walking Fido, don’t let him investigate anything that could be a snake hideout. That includes things like logs; piles of trash, debris, branches, or leaves; spaces under sheds and garages.

Night Safety

It’s important to watch where you step. This goes double at night! Always bring a flashlight when you walk Fido at night, and keep it trained on the ground. Make sure you can see where you both are stepping.

Meeting Snakes

Rattlesnakes are dangerous, so it’s important to be cautious about them. However, most are actually shy, and are probably more afraid of you than you are of them. That said, if you and Fido ever meet a snake—or hear the telltale sound of a rattle—don’t panic. Stop in your tracks. Then, back away slowly, paying very close attention to where you step. Don’t run or make any sudden movements.

No Vacancy

Take some steps to make your home unappealing to snakes. First and foremost, use humane methods to evict rats, mice, or other vermin. Cover drain gates with cloth, and fill in any holes beneath buildings or steps. A fence can also help.


There’s good and bad news about rattlesnake vaccinations. The good news is that yes, they do exist. However, they aren’t effective against every type of venom. You’ll also need to keep up with booster shots. Ask your vet for more information.

Once Bitten

If your dog does get bit, take him to the vet immediately, even if he’s been vaccinated. Snake bites aren’t necessarily fatal, but they definitely require proper—and immediate—treatment.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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