Foil Future Rattlesnake Bites

Casper, Wyoming - If you've got a dog...listen up! The latest rash injuries vets are seeing involve something that rattles...

Rattlesnackes are after your pooch...and because of all snow and rain...there are plenty of places for them to hide. As the summer months roll in, the trails see heavy foot traffic, but they also can see some slithery traffic as well. Rattlesnakes live to hide in all the usual brushy areas, but for one four legged friend in Casper that bite happened in his own back yard. Dance is a 4 year old English Setter, who was playing in his back yard when out of nowhere, he was bitten by a rattlesnake.

"My husband was nearby spraying for weeds and knew the dog was playing by the irrigation ditch, by the water," Sylvia Fowler, Dance's owner said. "My husband heard him barking and shortly there after the dog came running to my husband and he was holding his foot up and he was bleeding."

As the venom set in, so did reality. Dance's owner Sylvia Fowler instructed her husband to give Dance 25 mg of Benadryl hoping to slow down the reaction. But how did she know to do that?

Sylvia Fowler said, "I had spoken with the vet in the past because I have been concerned for a long time my dogs might get bitten. I wanted to be able to do something because we're about 15 minutes from the closest vet."

Dance was brought to the vet, and was able to be treated quickly.

Dr. Jana Marcquard Veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital said it was a relatively severe bite.
"There was definitely a lot more swelling than what we usually see," she said. "Party of that was with the bite, again that snake apparently injected more venom or something."

Dance was a severe case,  but according to Dr. Jana Marcquard the damage to an animal can be severe.

"We can see them cause nerve dysfunction which can be fatal either pretty quickly or if they never get full recovery of that nerve function back down the line and then we can actually see them have clotting disorders because of that rattlesnake bite."

Scott Schell with Metro Animal Control says there are plenty of hiding places a rattlesnake can linger.

"They like rocky areas or high grassy areas dense brush, anything like that."

He also says in the event you hear and can locate the snake, to walk slowly in the opposite direction.