Keeping Dogs Safe from Snake Bites

Encounters with venomous snakes can end badly for dogs—here’s what to keep in mind

Okay, so who goes to the desert and hikes up a mountain of rocks when snakes are just coming out to enjoy the first days of spring? Our team, as it happens—Crystal and I, both avid hikers and mine explorers, and our canine traveling companions: Crystal’s Poo, a six-year-old Mastiff, and Clay, a seven-year-old Labrador, and my Harper, a three-year-old German Shepherd.

It was a beautiful sunny day in April, with a soft breeze and a perfect temperature. We were excited about our first hike of the season, just as the snakes were no doubt excited about their first days of sunbathing. Without realizing it, we already had a problem.

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