Ma & Paw Kennel
Serving: Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, West Hills, North Hills, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Somis, Newbury Park...
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Steve is a graduate from the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Herpetology and has 28 years of experience as a Wildlife Ecologist and Herpetologist. He is qualified and has been authorized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to perform focused desert tortoise surveys and handling for the purpose of relocation and scientific research at management level. He was a Desert Tortoise Survey Workshop Field Instructor in 1993-94. He has performed biological surveys and monitoring for sensitive and endangered wildlife species in California, Arizona and Nevada.
John is a biological field assistant/monitor certified by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with 12 years of field experience. He is Gina and Steve’s assistant and also happens to be Steve’s son.
Steve and John take great care of these snakes for our use. The snakes receive mice on a regular schedule and bottled spring water. They not only keep but also muzzle and watch out for their well-being 24/7 and on training days.
Most bites to dogs occur on the face or extremities. These bites can be very expensive to treat if the dog survives.
The rattlesnake bite is generally “hemotoxic” which means that it exerts its toxin by disrupting the integrity of the blood vessels. The swelling is often dramatic with up to 1/3 of the total blood circulation being lost into the tissues in a matter of hours.
Rattlesnake toxin further disrupts normal blood clotting mechanisms leading to uncontrolled bleeding. This kind of blood loss induces shock and finally death. Facial bites are often more lethal as the swelling may occlude the throat or impair ability to breathe. An exception would be the Mojave rattlesnake whose venom is “neurotoxic.” The bite of this snake causes rapid paralysis. This includes paralysis of the respiratory muscles and suffocation.
According to Herpetologist, Kent Beaman rattlesnakes living here in So. Ca. can be active all year. Anytime the weather reaches the high 70's or above for a few days the snakes can become active.
Here in Southern California snake encounters are relatively common. Ventura County Fire Department officials estimate they respond to a few hundred snake calls each year.
Many areas are rattlesnake habitat, and authorities have found them nearly everywhere, from bushy areas and backyards to garages and inside homes.
Gina is the owner of Ma & Paw Kennel since 1991, has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years. She specializes in training pet dogs and their people. She works primarily on obedience training and problem behavior modification, problems such as pulling on the leash or jumping on people to more extreme problems such as aggression, shyness and separation anxiety. Her experience and sensitivity allows the dogs to be humanely treated during the training process. Gina personally trains every dog to recognize and avoid the scent, sound and sight of rattlesnakes it becomes aware of. Gina has partnered with professional Herpetologists and Biologist Steve Gardener to supply, muzzle, handle and protect the welfare of the rattlesnakes.