Dog Daycare, Boarding and Training

​Ventura County & Surrounding areas

​​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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Quick Facts About Rattlesnakes

  • 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 Gables

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. 

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training