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Dear Dog Veterinary Expert, I need help with... I have a cabin

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Dear Dog Veterinary Expert, I need help with... I have a cabin in the NC mts that I take my dog with and walk the trails. I know there are copperheads in the area and my dog is a sniffer and a digger. I am afraid that he could get bit. I have heard of snake bite kits but hear they are ineffective. I have also heard about vacines. Do you think they are effective and are there any side effects, etc.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

The snake(Bite) vaccines can be effective, but this is not a 100% treatment without any other therapy.

When bitten, treatment and care is recommended immediatly.

The vaccines are specific to a certain type of snake venom and not all inclusive for every snake venom out there.

For example, if the dog is bitten by a copperhead, yet vaccinated for a rattlesnake - the vaccine is not effective.

Side effects -similar to any other vaccine, such as rabies.

- Hypersensitivity, allergies, hives, etc.

The snake bite kits - not much value in those.

That is my impression from seeing these in the ER.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I understand that the vaccines are not a cure all. Do they buy you some time so the dog will not get so sick while getting him to treatment?


Also, I would just be getting the vaccine for copperheads. You are saying that they work good for that type of bite?



Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes - the do buy time as they will allow antibodies present in the body to provide some protection and time.

Yes - the specific vaccine for the copperhead will have a beneficial effect if attacked by a copperhead.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Approximately how much should these vaccines run and how often do you need to renew them?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
The cost will depend on your veterinarian as there is not a standard price.

They are renewed every 1-3 years depending on the vaccine.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for you help.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
You are very welcome.

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