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Rattlesnake Ssssssseason Is Here

Rattlesnake aversion training can be a critical life saver for your dog.

rattlesnake_2004Snakes are most active from spring to fall and we find them close to our house and out on walking trails. Living in east county, you will stumble over a snake around your house. If you’re lucky – your dog will avoid the situation. Or, your dog’s curiosity, play drive, or instinctual protective nature will take over and put your dog at risk for a toxic rattlesnake bite!

So what’s the best way to keep your dog safe? An arsenal of approaches.

1) Teach your dog to AVOID rattlesnakes with rattlesnake aversion training. We have partnered with High On Kennels for over 5 years to host several trainings in the spring to keep dogs safe. We use a combination of techniques to ensure your dog knows the sight, scent, and sound of the snakes and to avoid them.

2) Cedarcide helps keep snakes away from the area of application. Made of sustainable Texas red cedar granules, it is a natural, safe, and effective product to repel rattlesnakes away from your home, yard, and kennel.

3) Rattlesnake vaccines can help dogs develop antibodies to neutralize some of the venom. Ideally, vaccinated dogs experience less pain and a reduced risk of permanent injury. Vaccination can also reduce the need for anti-venom. Even with the vaccine, your dog is not entirely protected. If your dog is ever bitten, there is no question it will need immediate emergency medical attention. Have three places in mind, know the fastest routes to get there, and put those emergency numbers on your cell phone speed dial.

Rattlesnake aversion clinic dates are March 20, April 2, May 28. Additional dates may be added. Cost is $75 per dog. Appointments are necessary. Call 619-445-1550 to book your appointment or come into the store at 2109 Alpine Blvd.

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