Birmingham animal clinic offering snake bite vaccinations

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Every year, pet owners vaccinate their dogs for rabies, but many people don’t consider getting a vaccine for snake bites.

The Rocky Ridge Animal Clinic is offering vaccinations after being approached by a pet owner who wanted to make sure his dog was vaccinated before a hunting trip.

The vaccine is made in California for rattle snake bites, but it applies to other species as well.

“We typically don’t see a lot of rattle snake bites around here, but we see other snake bites,” veterinarian Rodger Diguez said. “Copperheads are very common. We usually see four or five of those each spring.”

The vaccine is recommended for anyone who takes their dog in to the woods.

It requires two injections several weeks apart and costs $45 each time.

Dr. Diguez says that’s a much cheaper alternative to anti-venom after a bite, which can cost more than $1,000.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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