Snakes Alive

The season has started with a bang this year. More and more snakes are emerging every week especially due to the warmth and breeding season. Even though we try our best to keep our family safe, our pets always seem to be harder to manage. Armed with curiosity and natural hunting instincts it is not uncommon for our pets to cross paths with a snake.

Most snakes will try to avoid you or your pet by hiding or running away. However, while you may simply walk away when you encounter a snake, dogs and cats will often be curious or defensive (especially at home) and harass the snake until it gets bitten as a result.

Snake venom carries a large range of different toxins that damage tissues and impair many of the body’s vital functions. If you see a snake, or one has bitten your dog, immediately call a snake catcher to your property and get your dog to a vet. Identifying the snake is helpful but we have other means of identifying and treating for snake bite in your pet which does not involve the need to visualize the snake.

Common signs and symptoms of a snake bite

  • Weakness or collapse
  • Shaking or twitching
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Blood in urine
  • Paralysis which could be seen as difficulty walking
  • Breathing difficulties (rapid and shallow)
  • Excessive salivation (drooling)
  • Coma or death

If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet to your local vet clinic immediately.