I think your right . I doubt that Squirt ever knew it was there till he got bit. I heard that there is a shot you can give your dog before turning it loose. Kinda like a flu shot. Don't know where it is tho.
a guy on Pointing Dog Journal Just lost one of his dogs to snake bite in texas. His dog took a hit high in the chest from about a 6' snake, punctured a lung. He started a thread on preparing for snake bite in advance. He talked with his vet and got some kind of steroid shots and IV's to take with him. The vet taught him how to do it all. also he now calls well ahead to find 24hr emergency vet's. He had a terrible time finding a vet to take care of his dog. He suggest's carrying a list of vets and their ph #'s with you hunting.
His story was an real trajady and the dog didn't seem to know it even got hit. His son shot the snake just before it hit a second dog they had down. I would also check ahed in Mont and see if the snakes are still out.
Over on ifish a guy did a good post about recognizing snake country and dealing with them, he catches them to mount for hobby! One thing I never thought of is that durning the early fall, snakes are likely to be more active durning the day than at night. In the summer it is to hot during the day and they seek out shade. In the fall it's getting cold but warm days so they are out soaking up the warmth. He posted several photo's of the snakes and denning areas. You might want to go read it.
Thanks Don--I lived in AK(no snakes) for 25 yrs and so have little use or knowledge of them-- did run into one in AZ hunting lions but mules were trained and got outta there qucik when they heard rattle.
I had never heard of this shot until after Squirt got bit. Don't know what my vet know about it but I know a vet over in Wilsonville that is supposed to have it. As I do live in snake country, think I will check into it farther. Strange thing, I've been running dogs in this country for many years and never had a problem till now, scared the hell out of me!
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