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We recently moved to Arizona and during our visit to our new vet, it was suggested we vaccinate Maggie Bella and Trixie with the rattlesnake vaccine. I am leery of giving them this vaccine even though we were told they have not had any reactions from other dogs vaccinated.
The vaccine does NOT make them immune to a rattlesnake bite but only buys additional time to get them to emergency should they get bitten.
Has anyone here had experience with this vaccine or have any thoughts?
Our dogs only go outside to potty and sometimes sunbathe with our supervision BUT they are curious and do not always come when called.
 

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Most veterinarians’ concerns surrounding the vaccine focus on the fact that they present no real science behind the product. The information they provide is very generic and superficial, which isn't enough to make most veterinarians blindly endorse the vaccine. Even quoting the vaccine company's own information, “safety and efficacy are not proven.”
As a veterinarian, you know the purpose of a vaccine is to reduce the time from re-exposure to said agent, venom, or virus to production of antibodies called memory T-cells. The part that seems illogical to some veterinarians is that with a snake bite, you don't have a few days for the production of the antibodies. Anti-venom is so helpful and must to be given quickly to be effective. They have not demonstrated that the vaccine will stimulate enough antibodies—and quickly enough-- to neutralize the venom.
Additionally, the company has no "specialists" to back their vaccine. Why are there no internists, toxicologists, or immunologists who will step forward and endorse the product? It makes skeptics wonder.
Finally, the vaccine may be reactive and can cause sterile abscesses at the site of injection, and this is more likely in small breeds (as are most all vaccine reactions in my experience).

This is something I read about it. I have friends who live in Tucson and they declined using it. They have big dogs who are out and about a lot. It is only effective against Western Diamondbacks. If it's effective at all. I really can't give you any advice on it, but if your little dogs aren't at high risk, and it sounds like they're not, I would be skeptical about using it. From what I understand, it requires a booster every six months also.
 
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