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#7074964 - 02/11/18 06:59 PM Rattlesnake Bite
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
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My buddies lab was bitten yesterday morning in 28F weather. We had 4 dogs on the ground and she got hit. She’s the first pointing lab I’ve ever seen, a great close working bird finder and one hell of a dead bird dog. We took her to the vet in Olney and she should be ready to pick up tomorrow. They have a great emergency vet there and I’d recommend her to anyone. Never thought snakes would be a problem in this weather.

#7074973 - 02/11/18 07:06 PM Re: Rattlesnakes. [Re: scalebuster]
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#7075011 - 02/11/18 07:53 PM Re: Rattlesnakes. [Re: scalebuster]
jetdad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 1098
Loc: Grayson county
That sucks! I've never bought into the "they are so slow" in the winter BS. A buddy of mine like to catch them. He had some in a bucket one day he's pulled from a den and it was about 35 degrees. He took one out and started messing with it. It was very fast. Glad the dog is making a quick recovery.

#7075098 - 02/11/18 08:56 PM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
NorthTXbirdhunter Offline

Registered: 03/17/11
Posts: 972
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
I killed one in the road going out the gate at the lease in Dickens County at 23 degrees a couple of years ago. It had been as low as 14 the night before. This was in December.

#7075200 - 02/12/18 05:17 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.

#7075209 - 02/12/18 05:48 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
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Registered: 05/11/17
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Loc: Texas
Dang it man. I would have thought they were denned up in that kind of weather.
Smokey Bear---Lone Star State.

#7075316 - 02/12/18 08:06 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
CinchMan Offline
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That is crazy!
Say When.....

#7075330 - 02/12/18 08:20 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
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Glad she's ok...dang. I do snake avoidance every year but still never feel safe

#7076278 - 02/12/18 08:05 PM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
GR Wilkins Offline
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Registered: 07/15/17
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Loc: Katy,TX
I have seen them out in the Texas panhandle a few times when it was below 32 but that is far from the norm. Hope she is back out shaking the bushes soon!


#7076422 - 02/12/18 10:26 PM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: GR Wilkins]
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Registered: 07/22/07
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Loc: Sanger, Texas
Gotta say I have never seen this before and really never thought it possible but now I do because you said so.
Bobby Barnett

#7076806 - 02/13/18 10:46 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
scalebuster Offline
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I hunted yesterday evening after work while my buddy picked her up in Olney. I stopped by his trailer and the dog looked pretty good. They had to do surgery to remove dead skin and left the wound open to drain but they said she’d be back to 100% once every ything heals up.

My buddy told his wife he was going to go ahead and spend the next two weeks bird hunting down at the lease so she could rest up and not have to be moved around.

#7076839 - 02/13/18 11:05 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 7602
Loc: bastrop county
that's good to know, never heard of that. glad your dog is going to be okay
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#7076954 - 02/13/18 12:22 PM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1763
Loc: Houston, TX
She looks a lot like my lab. Did the snake envenomate when it struck her? Had she previously had the rattlesnake vaccine and was she current on that? The reason I ask, many dogs bitten in that area don't survive envenomation.

#7077404 - 02/13/18 05:28 PM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
nak Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
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Loc: DFW
I hope she recovers fully.

That is some scary stuff. We all get complacent in this kind of weather.

I grew up hunting occasionally with a guy that worked for the SA zoo, with reptiles. His motto was that he would leave his snake boots at the house if the snow got over the tops.
NRA Lifer / Member TSRA

#7077900 - 02/14/18 05:23 AM Re: Rattlesnake Bite [Re: scalebuster]
fray Offline

Registered: 09/01/16
Posts: 530
Loc: Commerce, TX
Glad your dog is recovering. Who woulda thunk???? Scary....

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