Is the rattlesnake vaccine for dogs worth it? The rattlesnake vaccine should be considered if: Your pet frequents areas where there are large snake populations, including those who go hunting, hiking, or camping. Your pet has a strong prey drive and is likely to ignore a rattlesnake’s warnings.
How often does a dog need a rattlesnake vaccine? Paula Ibsen, a staff veterinarian with Red Rock Biologics, dogs need to be inoculated at least 30 days before any potential exposure to rattlesnakes (full antibody protection is not reached until 30 days following the vaccination), and should get a booster shot every six months thereafter.
How long does a rattlesnake vaccine for dogs last? Dogs over 100 lbs or under 25 lbs may benefit from a three dose initial series. It is best to give vaccination boosters about 30 days before beginning of exposure to rattlesnakes. Protection peaks about 30 to 45 days after boosters and lasts about six months.
How much is a rattlesnake vaccine for dogs? The initial cost of the vaccination is about $25 plus the fee for the examination. The follow-up booster, which comes about four weeks later, generally also costs about $25. The dog should receive the Red Rock Rattlesnake Vaccine every six months thereafter as part of its annual or bi-annual vaccination schedule.