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When you live in snake country, you and your animals are at risk for snake bites.  So how do you treat a snake bite?  There are many articles, stories, snake bite kits, and unfortunately fallacies out there.  This article will help you understand the right thing to do if you, your horse or dog is bitten by a snake.

Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland lives in snake country just southwest of the Denver metro area in Colorado.  She and her husband, along with her two horses have experienced rattlesnake bites first hand.  Frances is also the founder of Frogworks,  natural healing with plants and essential oils for you and your animals.  This article will also include some natural ways to assist in healing from a snake bite.

To understand exactly what happens to a person and animal during a snake bite, I will share with you France's husband's experience.  John was working out in the field when he stepped on a rattlesnake.  Unfortunately since John stepped on the snake, there was no warning before the snake attacked and bit him, injecting John with a full dose of venom.  Most snakes do not want anything to do with humans, but when startled or feel threatened they will defend themselves, as in the case with John. 

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Desensitize Your Horse - What Does that Really Mean?

If we look at the definition of desensitize and paraphrase, it means to make dull.  The dictionary defines the term as follows:

Definition of DESENSITIZE

1: to make (a sensitized or hypersensitive individual) insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agent

2: to make emotionally insensitive or callous; specifically : to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli that formerly induced it

de·sen·si·ti·za·tion noun

de·sen·si·tiz·er noun

Medical Definition of DESENSITIZE

: to make less sensitive : reduce sensitivity in <desensitize a nerve with a local anesthetic>: as

a : to make (a sensitized or hypersensitive individual) insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agent 

b : to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli which formerly induced it : make emotionally insensitive <evidence that violence on television desensitizes children to actual violence—Stephanie Harrington>

The question becomes, do we really want to make our horses insensitive, or emotionally insensitive?  Re-read the last line of part b of the medical definition inside the karats ( < > ).  That is a very powerful statement and I believe a reflection of what we see happening with violence in schools and around the world.  Do we want the same fate for our horses?

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