California Veterinary Specialists’ emergency doctor, Jennifer Schultz, DVM recently attended the International Venom Week conference in North Carolina where she presented a paper she co-authored with Amy Carr, DVM, DACVECC regarding the use of antibiotics in rattlesnake envenomation. During the study, the California Veterinary Specialists criticalists evaluated 102 cases were no antibiotics were given during treatment. Only one patient developed an infection. The study’s authors concluded that since wound infections are uncommon in rattlesnake envenomation in dogs, prophylactic antibiotics are not necessary.
Venom Week is an international conference where physicians, veterinarians, and researchers gather to discuss new research regarding venomous creatures, their venom, and medical effects of the venom.
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Drs. Carr and Schultz’s study was published in The Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (JVECCS). Read it here.