Snake fighters warn locals after reports of rattlesnakes biting San Diegan dogs

As the weather warms up in San Diego, some dog owners are already starting to report that their dog has been bitten by a rattlesnake.

Alex Trejo has three puppies of his own. If one of them gets bitten, he knows what to do, partly because he is a professional snake hunter.

He said that rain is not a factor when rattlesnake season starts, but warm weather does. During the summer it remains the busiest.

“Typically in August, September and October, 90% of my calls are from children,” Trejo said.

Small snakes pose an even greater threat than adults.

“Their sense of smell and sense of smell is much worse than adults,” he added. “A four-foot rattlesnake is able to camouflage and emit a scent that most animals can immediately pick up, but a newborn rattlesnake does not.” They have enough buttons to ring so they can’t even alert you that they’re there.”

Trejo said it’s best to be active and recommends avoidance and obedience training.

“Teach them what a rattlesnake is and give them a sense of urgency and caution towards it,” he said.

“Even if you’re teaching a dog like that to avoid a big rattlesnake or something in the middle of the road, you want to be able to remember your dog at a moment’s notice,” Trejo said.

If all else fails and your dog is still biting, Trejo advises trying to calm her down, hydrate her, and consider giving her some Benadryl. Then take them to the vet immediately.

Tom’s Snake and Rattlesnake Rescue reports that antivenom treatment at the veterinarian can cost pet owners between $5,000 and $8,000.

Rattlesnakes can be dangerous to humans as well, but are rarely life-threatening. If you are bitten, bandage the wound lightly and go to the clinic for treatment.

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