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Rattle snakes what to do

Quite often I hike dogs up around the mountains/hills. Haven't yet to encounter a rattle snake. Some of the dogs do have prey drive and if a rattle snake appears I imagine the dogs will face consequences. The rattle snake can bite a dog if I am far from town idk if I would make it. Worse case scenario if I don't have the muscle to carry the dog the whole way dog could die. I think I'm sure for me what to do not a dog.
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Is there an emergency anti venom kit you can get from your vet or a website?

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look into taking your dog to a rattlesnake avoidance class also there's a rattlesnake vaccine
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Dont walk any dog unless you have full control over them.

Realize you may be more likely to get bit than the dog, as the dog may just put the snake on the defensive.

If I lived out west I would ensure any dog I took out in the woods had Rattlesnake avoidance training.

Take a good class in K9 first aid and see if you can get (and be trained how to use) injectable dexamethasone and injectable bendadryl as they can both save time and a life.

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I would learn snake bite first aid for you and your dog. and also carry a small snake bite kit. my dog Teana just saw her 1st snake 3 days ago.i put her in a sit.stay and enforced the ''don't touch''. she watched as I moved the snake off the roadside and into the forest. alls well that ends well.
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At least your snakes rattle......ours just bite......
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At least your snakes rattle......ours just bite......
And as bad as rattle snakes are, your variety of snakes, jelly fish, spiders, and I think even some ants are far more dangerous. I'll keep my bears, cougars, and occasional angry moose please! Lol
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They have rattlesnake avoidance classes out here (NV).
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Dont walk any dog unless you have full control over them.

Realize you may be more likely to get bit than the dog, as the dog may just put the snake on the defensive.

If I lived out west I would ensure any dog I took out in the woods had Rattlesnake avoidance training.

Take a good class in K9 first aid and see if you can get (and be trained how to use) injectable dexamethasone and injectable bendadryl as they can both save time and a life.
What if I'm bit and alone in the woods with a dog?
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What if I'm bit and alone in the woods with a dog?
A lil bit out of luck, just as being struck by lightning. The dog OTOH can be trained not to approach snakes.

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