It looks like summer weather is finally here to stay, and while outdoor enthusiasts in the Tongue River Basin are glad to get out and about, the threat of rattlesnakes is in the back of any recreator's mind.
Doctor Amber Ingersoll, the new associate veterinarian at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital, says some members of the family are at a greater risk of having a run-in with a Prarie Rattlesnake because of their natural disposition.
Owners don't always see their dogs get bitten by a rattlesnake, so its important for pet owners to know what to look for and get help fast.
In terms of survivability, size counts if you've been bitten by a rattlesnake. Ingersoll says smaller dogs have the biggest fight ahead of them if they're bitten. The good news is there's a vaccine that can help increase the liklihood both big and small dogs will survive a bite.
Pets who have been vaccinated against rattlesnake bites should still seek immediate veterinary care. To learn more about the vaccine or Dr. Ingersoll, call MVVH at 674-4111 or visit www.mvvhpets.com.