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Rattlesnakes Are Thirsty and Need Water


Rattlesnake season has been here for a while,  and with the warmer temperatures, they have come out searching for water, sometimes even in your front yard.

The slithery poisonous snakes are on the prowl looking for water and are coming closer to homes because natural water resources, where they might normally find water, are drying up due to drought.

Rattlesnakes are not just considered rural area animals, they are also as urban as skunks and raccoons.

Len Ramirez of Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal in Auburn has seen an increase in rattlers this year.

Ramirez and staff,  will come out to your property and do a safety inspection as if it were their own home they were inspecting. After inspections, Ramirez and company will give the homeowner instructions on how to safely prevent snake invasions in the future. Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal has been safely and humanely removing rattlesnakes from homes, businesses, and public community areas for almost 30 years. Rattlesnakes entering the yard can be prevented with a rattlesnake proof fence. The fence should be solid, and at least 4 feet high.

In order to ensure the continued existence of rattlesnakes for the valuable role they play in our ecosystem, all snakes removed by Ramirez are captured alive and relocated to a remote areas of Northern California and undisturbed environment.

Pets are most at risk with their curiosity towards snakes.  Snakebites can be fatal to a pet if not treated right away.  There is a canine rattlesnake vaccine that can help reduce the effect of the poisonous venom on your dog. The vaccine takes 60 days to start working, and since rattlesnake season is nearly over, it’s best to hold off until next March for a vaccine.

According to Dr. An LaBarre of Companion Vet in Auburn, the rattlesnake antivenom is costly, starting at $700 per vile.  At Companion they don’t offer the vaccine, but Bowman Veterinary hospital does.  Companion treats animals with a steroid injection and antibiotic.  In some cases that may be enough, but in severe cases, a trip down a pet emergency clinic like Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital might be in order.

According to LaBarre, younger rattlers are more toxic than older ones. Snakebites to humans are more lethal than one to a pet because the venom attacks the heart in a human.  Labarre said that if a dog has been bit, than they may have just saved your life.

Rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency that results in serious injury or even death to thousands of dogs and horses each year. Rattlesnake venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spreads through an animal’s body through the blood stream and neurological system.

Some tips to avoid rattlesnake bites are.  Take a few minutes to calm down and plan your escape route. Many snakebite patients cause secondary injuries to themselves because of panicking.

Never wait for symptoms to appear if you or your pet has been bitten.  Circle the bite with a Sharpie or pen, and keep a log of your symptoms.

Step on a rock or log, never over it in case the snake is resting on the underside.

Snakes tend to be near water source including streams and rivers.

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