Nebraska Vets See Increase in Dogs with Rattlesnake Bites
Every autumn it seems there is an influx of dogs with rattlesnake bites needing treatment from veterinarians. Do the vets think it is because the snakes are more active? No. The likely cause is the dogs are hunting dogs in the snake's territory. With the beginning of hunting season there are more hunting dogs out in the open fields.
If a dog does get bitten the venom eats away at the tissue so it is best to take the dog to a veterinarian to save the dog. There is actually a preventive vaccine that dogs can be treated with, so that the venom is not as toxic to the animals. Currently there is a vaccine for dogs and horses, and one for cattle that is still being worked on. The vaccine lasts 6 months, so vets recommend giving it in June or July so it lasts through the fall. However, even with the vaccine they recommend bringing in any bitten animal. From Chron.com.