Monday Pet Tip: Rattlesnake Bites by Kristel Weaver, DVM
Rattlesnakes hibernate during cold weather and are active March through September. Dogs encounter snakes when hiking or playing in the snake's natural habitat. The rattlesnake bite causes significant swelling and blood loss, and impairs the ability of blood to clot. Most bites occur on the face or extremities. Facial bites are often more lethal as the swelling may block the airway. If a rattlesnake bites your pet seek medical care immediately.