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Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 787534, 5 pages
Case Report

Rattlesnake Envenomation in Three Dairy Goats

1William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA
2Union Veterinary Clinic, 609 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
3Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616, USA

Received 8 January 2015; Revised 6 June 2015; Accepted 22 July 2015

Academic Editor: Luis Arroyo

Copyright © 2015 Joseph Smith et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cases of rattlesnake envenomation in dairy goats are lacking. These cases present three dairy goats presented to a veterinary referral hospital for envenomation of Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus). Treatments and clinical characteristics reported are similar to those for llamas, alpacas, and horses. These cases suggest that quick treatment in the event of a bite may have a more favorable clinical response. Existing rattlesnake bite scoring systems applicable to other species may be applicable to goats, and existing respiratory pathology may predispose goats to a less favorable outcome.