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Old 06-17-2017, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Those Who've Had a Dog Rattlesnake Bit...

Our heeler cross got it on the foot late last night. Didn't see the snake, but the vet thinks it was a rattler based on there being hair missing from the bite area? Not sure about that but his leg is swollen and bloodied. They've got him on steroids and fluids and mostly we're just waiting.

For those that have been through this, how long until they've shown improvement?

Did they lose the leg?

What percentage of 45lb dogs make it through this?

I feel aweful for him, and he's my son's little buddy. We haven't told him yet because the dog is staying at his grandads while we prep to leave on vacation tomorrow. He will be crushed if his blue dog doesn't pull through.


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Old 06-17-2017, 09:49 PM   #2
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no first hand experience, but from what I have read I think he has a pretty good chance of making it.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:51 PM   #3
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We have had three get bit from a rattle snake. My moms old dog died from it but she was very old and was only around 5 pounds. Chances are good for yours to be fine. Fluids and dexometosome was my go to for snake bites.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:52 PM   #4
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I'm no help. But I sure hate to hear it. Hope he makes it for the little man, and the family.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:55 PM   #5
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We were dove hunting in West Tx about 10 years ago and a guy we were with had his dog with him retrieving birds for us. She got bit right on the chest by a 4ft rattler and she probably weighed 55lbs or so. Her neck was really swollen and she laid around for a few days but slowly got over it. I'd say there's a good chance it'll be fine. I've had several dogs get bit by copperheads and recovered fine without a vet visit
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:10 PM   #6
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My son's Vizsla got hit on the nose a few years ago. Vet gave him steroids & antibiotics and sent him home. He was swole up for a few days & is fine now.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:52 PM   #7
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Not by a rattler but my 25# Rat Terrier got bit by a copperhead last month and where one of the fangs hit the hair didn't grow back.
One fang got her in the lip right over her fang tooth and the other hit her check under her eye. Swelled her little ol head up good!!
We gave her some Benadryl that night and the next morning and in 3-4 days, other than the hair missing, you couldn't even tell she'd been bit.
I figure a rattler bite has got to be worse than a copperhead.
I hope your little buddy gets through it alright Dale.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:54 PM   #8
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Hate to hear about your boys dog and hopefully he will pull through. Them ol heelers are pretty tough.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:16 PM   #9
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I've known of a lot of dogs that have been snake bit. All but two survived. Some were fairly small dogs. Older dogs seem to have the most trouble getting over a snake bite. I think your dog will be just fine. They seem to just get really tired. Dogs are way tough.

One of my friends dog get bit a few weeks ago....7 times! But it's a pitbull and obviously it wasn't just playing with the rattlesnake. It was trying to kill it. I'm guessin it got the job done.

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Old 06-17-2017, 11:19 PM   #10
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no help, but I hear dogs fare better with a rattler bite than humans do.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:23 PM   #11
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My dad Rotty got hit in the face. She lived, but she would have died if he hadn't taken her collar off.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:26 PM   #12
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All 4 dogs that we've owned while living here, have been bit by rattlers. 3 in the muzzle and one in the leg. Lot of swelling and a little lethargic but they all came through fine. Hope yours will come through too.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:29 PM   #13
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If your vacation is 5 days long you will be good. Dogs are tougher than the manliest man. German short haired pointer was bit on the bottom lip and it took every bit of five days before it would act normal and eat a full meal. The first 24 hours are scary but relax and have faith.
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:35 AM   #14
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Seen a lot of dogs get snakebite, most survived, hot weather like we're having now is really hard on them, the dogs that didn't make we're mostly bit in inner mouth or throat area behind the jaw, swelling cut off the airway.
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:59 AM   #15
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One of my buddies always has at least one dog get bit every year. He's always just given them Benadryl and let them sleep it off. Pretty incredible animals to be able to withstand that. When I got bit I took a Benadryl and it.....oh you know.....did absolutely nothing. Two hours later I'm like "Well my hand is still swelling up."lol
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:50 AM   #16
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I have seen several dogs that were bitten by snakes. Not sure what bit them though. Probably cottonmouth or copperhead. They swell up really bad. Only one we lost was a young coonhound that was bitten while hunting and collar was on.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:22 AM   #17
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Hope he pulls thru....
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:35 AM   #18
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It sucks to watch them and worry but most survive just fine.
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:40 AM   #19
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Sorry to hear, hope he gets better.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:20 AM   #20
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Default Those Who've Had a Dog Rattlesnake Bit...

Sounds like he's made slight improvement over night.

I appreciate the replies, it sounds like ol boy may be fine. We'll tell Brady what happened when we get home so he'll understand there are critters out there that can hurt us, but I don't see the point in ruining his vacation, as he can be a worrier.

Thanks again for the reassurance.


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Old 06-18-2017, 09:25 AM   #21
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I know a girl that just lost her dog to a rattlesnake bite to the hind leg. Now this dog was 14 years and about 25 lbs. Hope he gets better.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:27 AM   #22
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Sorry to hear that I hope he gets better soon. Had a friend who's dog died from a bit. He was out boating and pulled up to land and the dog jumped off the boat right in front of the snake and it bit him in the face.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:01 AM   #23
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My Jack Russell got bit on the nose by a rattlesnake last year. She got antivenom within a couple of hours and within two days she was back to normal.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:35 AM   #24
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We lost one of our English Bulldogs several years ago. We think she stood over the snake (Most likely a copperhead), took more than one hit to her chest area. She was loaded up on everything we had medication wise to treat a snakbite in a dog. She got better the next morning and began acting normal, until she fell over and died right next to me while I was cooking breakfast. She took to many hits and it was in a bad spot.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:01 PM   #25
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Sounds like he's made slight improvement over night.

I appreciate the replies, it sounds like ol boy may be fine. We'll tell Brady what happened when we get home so he'll understand there are critters out there that can hurt us, but I don't see the point in ruining his vacation, as he can be a worrier.

Thanks again for the reassurance.


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Good idea Dad. Y'all have a great time.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:48 PM   #26
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My 27 lb Brittany got it right in the top of her head. Anti venom and 3 days ....
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:12 PM   #27
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Sounds like old blue dog turned the corner yesterday, and is going home tomorrow!


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Old 06-19-2017, 05:15 PM   #28
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That a boy Blue Dog!


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Old 06-19-2017, 05:17 PM   #29
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Glad to hear
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:26 PM   #30
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Sounds like old blue dog turned the corner yesterday, and is going home tomorrow!


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Great!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:24 PM   #32
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Have 2 Jack Russells each bit 4 times by Copperhead or Cotton Mouth Benadryl was given and all are fine.Now recover by next day with no Benadryl.
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Glad to hear it!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:49 PM   #34
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Great to hear Dale!

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:57 PM   #35
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Good deal, i just read this post and was thinking he oughta be fine
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:39 PM   #36
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Glad to hear the hound is recovering. That little bald spot will be a conversation piece in the future. I had a border collie, my first dog, that got bit on the lip by a rattler when i was a little kid. I always knew what the little bald spot was from.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:49 PM   #37
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I haven't seen him, but apparently his whole leg up to the chest is an oozing mess. Apparently he got a big dose.

Do I recall right that timber rattlers have a bit more toxic venom than a western? There are some up there...


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Old 06-19-2017, 10:49 PM   #38
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I haven't seen him, but apparently his whole leg up to the chest is an oozing mess. Apparently he got a big dose.

Do I recall right that timber rattlers have a bit more toxic venom than a western? There are some up there...


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Not sure, I know westerns are significantly more toxic than copperheads or moccasins.
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We had a Sheltie looking dog that got bit 3 times by rattlers. First time on the nose, second on the foot and third on the neck. She survived all 3 and thrived.
Likely she developed an immunity after the first bite on the nose.
We also had another hound dog looking thing that got bit on the thigh. Fang marks were 2" apart. He didn't survive the night even after a trip to the vet.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:24 AM   #40
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Prayers to heal the heeler.
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I haven't seen him, but apparently his whole leg up to the chest is an oozing mess. Apparently he got a big dose.

Do I recall right that timber rattlers have a bit more toxic venom than a western? There are some up there...


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Canebrake venom is primarily made up of neurotoxins. Western Diamondback venom is primarily made up of hemotoxins.

So basically I'm guessing a Diamondback is what bit the dog.

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Old 06-20-2017, 04:39 AM   #42
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My mothers in laws dog got tagged by a copperhead in the face. His head swole up big for about 3 days and he eventually got over it. Good Luck
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Old 06-20-2017, 04:41 AM   #43
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good news...
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Old 06-22-2017, 03:06 PM   #44
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Baseball tournaments and a small vacation are finally out of the way, the boys are back together as of this morning. I'm sure it will do both good.








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Old 06-22-2017, 03:08 PM   #45
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Great news! Looks like they both feel good to be back together.
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Dale, your little buddy is growing!

Glad his dawg is okay!
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Old 06-22-2017, 07:37 PM   #47
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I just got a funny feel-n inside when I looked at those three pics. Specially the first two.
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That's good stuff Dale!!
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:16 PM   #49
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Those pics will make you smile! Glad blue dog is good to go!
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Just seeing this. glad it all came out good!!!
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