Here in Arizona, we have all sorts of snakes. The 2 series of injection are rattle snake vaccination. The way it was explained to me is that the anti-venom is really expensive and the vaccination for trails dogs is more affordable. I would ask my vet. Bash, has encounter 2 rattlers and I think has been startled on both occasions but listens to my tone and seems to understand that it's danger. He leaves them alone. I would check into it.
Our dogs are hikers too see my pics. We have one fluffy (aussie keeshound) one slick haired(red heeler/yellow lab). I've never heard of a snake vaccine and would like to know more. I am planning on oregon high desert and think there are only rattlers to worry about. They haven't been around snakes that big so i'm not sure how they'd act. They will go after the garter snakes we have around here.
My dogs hike with me all the time. I do notice that they get sluggish in the heat so I plan around that or choose trails with shade and water. Water especially makes all world off difference. As far as breed, for us, I think it's just personality and character. My main hiking bud is a 4 year old Dalmation Aussie cow dog mix. He usually hikes without his leash and is free to roam. He has encounter rattlers, deer, and rabbits and has always come when called regardless. He is loyal and he lives to hike. He is always on the lookout for me putting on a pack. Our other pal is a 1 year old Chihuahua who has learned all of the rules and regs of hiking from the bigger dog. So, fortunately, he follows the lead of the well trained loyal dog. He can do about 4 miles before I even have to think about toting him around. I do worry about a hawk or something trying to take off with him. I think dogs are a good deterant for strangers getting too close, other animals, and a great snake warning. Our big dog has his snake vaccination which helps me have peace of mind.
My dog is a very good hiker, but once it gets hot out he doesn't handle it well. So normally during the hot season if I don't get out early he doesn't go with me. I love taking my dog with me. Is thier a better bread that handles heat better?
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