Rattlesnake Aversion Training Session for Your Dog

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Dog owners can protect their pets and themselves from dangerous rattlesnake bites with a special one-day training event at Huntington Veterinary Hospital, 535 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 on Sunday March 4, 2012.

California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake – the rattlesnake. There are currently ten recognized species and sub-species of rattlesnake in California. Dogs are especially at risk; in fact dogs are about 20 times more likely to be bitten by venomous snakes than people and are about 25 times more likely to die if bitten. Snake bites are life threatening, extremely painful, expensive to treat, and can cause permanent damage even when the dog survives.

The California Poison Control Center notes that rattlesnakes account for more than 800 human bites each year with one to two deaths. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. Rattlesnakes are typically non-aggressive and shy away when possible, but when startled, cornered or pursued (as by a curious and un-trained canine) they strike and often inject their venom.

The training costs $80 for existing clients of Huntington Veterinary Hospital, or $95 for non-clients. Payment is due at time of reservation. Owners can reserve a space by calling HVH at (626) 357-2335, or via email at info@huntvh.com. Learn more about Huntington Veterinary Hospital at www.huntvh.com.

Additional information about Natural Solutions is available at their website: www.rattlesnakeaversion.com.

February 16, 2012

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