Snake bites in pets occur more often during warmer months. Snakes hibernate during the colder months and become more active during spring leading up to summer. This means that the snakes’ venom glands are fuller, and their bites are much more severe at the beginning of summer.
As dogs are innately curious, it’s common for them to chase after and even kill snakes. Cats, with their instinct to hunt, will chase anything that moves, which makes them susceptible to snake bites as well.
Different factors determine the reaction of your pet to snake bites such as the type of snake, the amount of venom injected and the location of the snake bite.
First Aid For Snake Bites In Pets
- Apply a pressure bandage over the bite site.
- Limit your pet’s activity.
- Keep your pet calm as this can help slow the venoms to circulate.
- DO NOT wash the wound.
- DO NOT apply a tourniquet.
- Never try to catch the snake.
- Take your pet to the vet immediately.
Symptoms of Snake Bites In Pets
Signs of snake bites in pets start to display within 1-24 hours.
- Sudden weakness followed by collapse
- Shaking or twitching of the muscles
- Difficulty blinking and dilated pupils
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Blood in the urine.
How To Protect Your Pets From Snake Bites
- Keep your dog on a leash when walking them.
- Avoid walking them in bushlands, dunes or near water. City pets in local parks, particularly those near lakes, and beaches.
- Clear overgrown vegetation and mow tall grass. Snakes love hiding in these areas.
- Avoid leaving out any birdseed of any food as this can attract rodents and therefore, snakes.
- Contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Snake Removal Service
- If you need to get a snake on your property removed, the Australian Government provides a free service for you. You can call on on (08) 9474 9055.
Snake bites are a valid cause of worry for pet parents. It is a serious medical condition, but with prompt medical treatment, there is an excellent chance that your fur buddies will make a full recovery. If you suspect that a snake bit your pet, keep them calm and immediately take them to the vet.
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