Arizona has lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife. However, some of the denizens of the Grand Canyon state are quite dangerous. Rattlesnakes, as you may know, are one of the deadliest hazards for both people and pets. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on keeping Fido safe from rattlesnakes.

Landscaping

There are some things you can do to make your property less appealing to snakes. Clear away piles of debris that could make tempting hiding spots. You’ll also want to make sure your place is rodent-free. Additionally, we recommend filling in holes and gaps beneath sheds and garages. If you have drainage holes, cover them with cloth. Last but not least, consider building a wall. A four-foot wall or solid fence will deter most snakes.

Walking Fido

Man’s Best Friend loves to explore and investigate things. Fido’s natural curiosity can get him into trouble, however. When you are walking your furry buddy, don’t let him poke around places where rattlesnakes may be hiding, such as dead logs, brush piles, and crevices. It’s also important to pay attention to your surroundings, and watch where you and your canine friend are going. If you do see a snake, immediately stop, and then slowly back away. Most snakes are actually quite timid, and would rather run (er, slither) away than bite. Finally, when you walk your pup after dark, bring a flashlight and make sure you can see where you’re stepping.

Training

We can’t stress enough how important it is to teach your pooch basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. Making sure Fido will obey you in dangerous situations—such as when there’s a snake around—could one day save your furry friend’s life! You can also look into training Fido to stay away from snakes.

Vaccinations

There are vaccinations available for rattlesnake venom. Like other vaccines, these help your dog form antibodies that will help fight the effects of the venom if he is bitten. However, if you do vaccinate your canine buddy, you’ll need to keep up with his booster shots. Ask your vet for more information. If Fido is ever bitten, even if he is vaccinated, you’ll need to treat it like a serious medical emergency, and take him to the vet immediately.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, today!