As the weather warms, you and your pets are more likely to encounter rattlesnakes while out on walks. Snakes love basking in the sun, and they aren’t afraid of looking for a spot of warmth out in the open!

To prevent rattlesnake bites, always stay on groomed trails, and keep an ear out for that distinct sound of tails shaking. Keep your pet leashed and out of brush, where snakes like to hide.

If your pet is ever bit by a rattlesnake, seek emergency veterinary care immediately. Rattlesnake venom causes swelling and death of the tissue surrounding the bite, and your pet is more likely to recover when treatment begins quickly.

For more information, call Santa Clarita Animal Hospital at (661) 425-9912.

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