The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Rattle Snake Vaccine

  1. #1
    Senior Member 2tall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Taos, New Mexico
    Posts
    8,011

    Default Rattle Snake Vaccine

    Seems to keep getting more expensive. When I started they said we needed two shots. Now they say three. My dogs weigh 70, 71 and 73 pounds. So they say we need a third shot. Golly this is getting expensive. Any suggestions if this is worth it all?
    Carol,
    Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
    Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
    Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
    http://newhoperetrievers.com

  2. #2
    Senior Member Becky Mills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Cuthbert, GA
    Posts
    2,371

    Default

    That's odd. When we started we were told our dogs needed one with a booster two to three (I think) weeks later, then one twice a year. For dogs that aren't considered high risk, it is only once a year after the original vaccination and booster.
    We pay $25 for each vaccination and consider it money well spent.
    Don't bother to just be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
    William Faulkner

  3. #3
    Senior Member bakbay's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Creedmoor, TX
    Posts
    146

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 2tall View Post
    Seems to keep getting more expensive. When I started they said we needed two shots. Now they say three. My dogs weigh 70, 71 and 73 pounds. So they say we need a third shot. Golly this is getting expensive. Any suggestions if this is worth it all?
    As to whether it is worth it, all I can say is that we have had 7 dogs bitten by rattlesnakes and the 4 since we started using the vaccine have all had minor problems only. See the vaccine manufacturer's website FAQ page (http://www.redrockbiologics.com/ratt...q.php#for_dogs), specifically the section titled "How long does protection last? How often should my dog be vaccinated?" for frequency of vaccination. Our dogs all started with 2 shots, one month apart, and have been re-vaccinated every 6 months since, due to year-round activity of rattlesnakes in our area. The only adverse reaction we have seen with our dogs has been reaction swellings at the injection site, in about half the dogs, which takes 1-3 weeks to resolve.
    Bruce Bachert Bakbay Labradors
    beb@bakbay.com www.bakbay.com
    Creedmoor, TX (near Austin)

  4. #4
    Senior Member Mark Teahan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    aztec, nm
    Posts
    687

    Default

    I saw my first 2 snakes of the year yesterday. First one was a bull snake and left it alone. A mile down the road, I straddled a little snake with the truck and recognized a rattler.
    Got on the brakes, bailed out, grabbed a cheater pipe, and dead snake!
    Took the rattle!!!

  5. #5
    Senior Member 2tall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Taos, New Mexico
    Posts
    8,011

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bakbay View Post
    As to whether it is worth it, all I can say is that we have had 7 dogs bitten by rattlesnakes and the 4 since we started using the vaccine have all had minor problems only. See the vaccine manufacturer's website FAQ page (http://www.redrockbiologics.com/ratt...q.php#for_dogs), specifically the section titled "How long does protection last? How often should my dog be vaccinated?" for frequency of vaccination. Our dogs all started with 2 shots, one month apart, and have been re-vaccinated every 6 months since, due to year-round activity of rattlesnakes in our area. The only adverse reaction we have seen with our dogs has been reaction swellings at the injection site, in about half the dogs, which takes 1-3 weeks to resolve.
    I really do believe that the shots will be worth every penny if one of my dogs gets bitten. The vet said they always suggest a third shot for any dog over 70#s. it seems silly not to get the "one more". Our snake season is only 5 months long, but rattlers are all over the places we hike and train. My total cost for the vaccinations will be $366. One treatment for a bite would be around $1500. So I guess I'm doing right, just wished I'd known about the third shot when I was budgeting!

    Unless Mark wants to come down here and seek and destroy all of 'em!
    Carol,
    Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
    Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
    Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
    http://newhoperetrievers.com

  6. #6
    Senior Member Grasshopper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    612

    Default

    This should answer your question:

    http://www.redrockbiologics.com/ratt...q.php#for_dogs
    Never say never . . . never say always . . . know when to say when.

  7. #7
    Senior Member 2tall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Taos, New Mexico
    Posts
    8,011

    Default

    Thanks for that Kathryn. Looks like we should have been fine with the two initial doses, but I don't think I will regret the third round if one gets bitten! The article refers to "large" dogs as over 100 pounds. But maybe we make up for it with the quantity of snakes they are exposed to? This vet says they treated 10 rattlesnake bites last year. 8 of the victims had not had the vaccine. 2 died and 6 survived with over $2,000 in vet bills. The 2 that were vaccinated, got away with less than $200 each vet bills. Honestly, i hope it works out like insurance. Now that I've paid my premium for the year, we won't need it!
    Carol,
    Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
    Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
    Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
    http://newhoperetrievers.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •