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Snake aversion clinics for dogs coming to region

Rattlesnake (Jaime Johnson /
Rattlesnake (Jaime Johnson /

HUNTING DOGS -- Rattlesnake- aversion clinic for dogs are being offered next week at three towns in the Inland Northwest by California- based Natural Solutions.  Some slots are still open for sign-ups

The clinic in Lewiston has been promoted each year by Shelly DeAtley, who lost her dog to a rattlesnake bite three years ago.

Veterinarians say people who venture into snake country also should consider rattlesnake vaccine for their dogs.

After researching several outfits offering the aversion clinics – including some that do not use live snakes – DeAtley said she found good reviews for Natural Solutions. “What really sold me was that they care for their snakes as part of their team.”

She talked the company into coming to Lewiston. Permits had to be obtained to bring their snakes into the state.

“Natural Solutions again gave us a discounted rate of $70 per dog and I am donating my time and space so the costs stay as low as possible.”

Other clinics scheduled in the region include:

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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