Pet of the Month for November 2019

Meet Chester! Chester was not feeling well one day and his mom was concerned. Chester was not eating and just laying around. After an exam it turned out he had a high fever and wounds along his chest and abdomen area. The wounds resembled a possible snake bite. With some time, it became more evident that that must have been the case. Chester’s skin was injured from the bite and took some time to heal. He had to have a few surgeries and his mom had to spend a lot of time taking care of his wounds. We are glad to say he is healing nicely and is on the mend! Watch out for those snakes out there!

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Pet of the Month for October 2019

Hi there! My name is Remy P! I am a 1 and a half year old Collie Mix! I love to run around and play with my dog friends and my human friends (they usually have lots of treats!). I love coming to Doggy Day Care at Fetch and love playing with my toys! Mom and dad say that I cause a lot of mischief, whatever that is. 6 months ago, my parents had to bring me to CanyonVet to have emergency surgery done. I thought they left treats out for me at home, but it turns out that they were remotes for their TV. Oops! Recently, my mom and dad had to bring me to see Dr. Leakey because I had all of these weird bumps all over my body and my face was swollen, so it was really hard to see. Thankfully, Dr. Leakey took one look at me and knew just how to help me feel better! I am so thankful that my parents bring me here to see all of the great doctors that help keep me happy and healthy (and for all the yummy treats that they give me)!

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Pet of the Month for September 2019

Hi there, my name is Billie! I am a 1 year old female Border Collie and I love to play! I recently came in for my check up and got vaccines and yearly tests done to keep me healthy and happy. Thankfully, Dr. Jacobs said that my exam went great and I passed with “flying colors,” whatever that means! I love playing with my toys, and I especially LOVE treats! I am full of energy and can eat and play for hours, but for some reason dad won’t let me. Oh, and I also love my naps. It’s a hard life being a puppy.

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Should You Vaccinate your Pet Against Rattlesnakes?

by Dr. Ryan Bullock

I remember the frantic phone call well one summer when my brother’s wife was on the other end of the line telling me that their English Setter “Belle” had just been bitten several times by a rattlesnake (3 times in the neck and 5 times in the chest to be exact) while out on their land. My first thought was to get her emergency care, but my second thought was “thank goodness I had given her a rattlesnake vaccine 3 weeks prior when I had her in the clinic for a dental cleaning”. Belle spent several days in the hospital, but she eventually pulled through and is doing great now! I have no doubt that she would have died if she hadn’t been vaccinated.

In 2005, a company called Red Rock Biologics (redrockbiologics.com) developed a “rattlesnake vaccine”. The purpose of the vaccine is to lessen the severity of damage done by a rattlesnake bite and hopefully save pet’s lives. It works by producing protective antibodies in your pet’s body that will help to neutralize the venom. It is most effective with Western Diamondback bites, but is also at least partially effective against all other rattlesnakes except the Mojave. It is effective against Copperheads, but IS NOT effective against Water Moccasins (Cotton Mouths) or Coral Snakes.

The vaccine only lessens the severity of the bite, but does not entirely mitigate all of its effects, so you should still seek emergency care in every case! Factors such as size of pet, size of snake, location of bite, and amount of venom injected all contribute to the end result. Every snake bite is different and all need emergency veterinary care!

So what results have we seen? Overall, we have seen that most patients that receive the vaccine fair better than those who have not. The patients seem to recover quicker, especially if medical treatment is achieved as soon as possible. Each patient’s case is different and factors like where the patient was bit and the size of snake seem to come into play, as well. All in all, I am impressed with the results and recommend vaccination for any “at risk” dog. I know “Belle” highly recommends it to all of her dog buddies!

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