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How to protect your pets from rattlesnakes

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 15:18:56-04

Veterinarian Ben Brown shares tips on keeping pets safe from wild animals, including rattlesnakes. There are seven types of rattlesnake species that are indigenous to Utah:

Rattlesnake Species Indigenous To Utah: Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes),
Speckled Rattlesnake (C. mitchellii)
Mojave Rattlesnake (C. scutulatus)
Western Rattlesnake (C. viridis)
Hopi Rattlesnake (C.V. nuntius)
Midget-faded Rattlesnake (C.V. concolor)
Great Basin Rattlesnake (C.V. lutosus)

In order to keep your pets safe, Dr. Brown recommends:

  • hiking & walking loudly
  • paying attention to surroundings
  • if your pet senses danger, they are probably correct
  • getting your pets vaccinated against rattlesnakes
  • be especially careful at dawn and dusk

If your pet does get bit by a rattlesnake avoid trying to solve the problem and get to a veterinarian office as soon as possible.

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