In this post, we're going to cover the symptoms & course of action to take when dealing with a snake bite 🐍.
As with insect bites, the symptoms are initially very similar. However, the consequences are much more severe so first let's recap what to look for if you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake.
Your pet may:
🐍 Experience swelling in a specific area, usually the site of the bite itself (as opposed to an insect bite, where the swelling can be more general)
🐍 Throw up
🐍 Lose control of their bladder
🐍 Have what seems like an allergic reaction
🐍 Start rubbing their eyes
🐍 Break out in a rash
A snake bite is an 🚨 EMERGENCY SITUATION 🚨and every minute is critical. With the range of snakes we have in this country it’s always best to assume the worst case scenario.
If you’re able to bind the wound - i.e. if it’s on a leg or tail - do so to slow the spread of the poison. Get in the car and bring the pet in ASAP, calling in ahead as you go as - our emergency number is 6555 2275 🚑
🐈 Some animals - especially cats - can take days to show the signs of snake envenomation even though the poison is already at work in their system. If you believe your cat has been bitten, or is seen playing with a snake, always bring them in as a precaution. The sooner we can treat, the better your pet’s chances of survival.
🐴🐑🐄🐷 Large animals - horses, alpacas, cattle, sheep, etc. - can also be affected. Again, if you feel your large animal has been bitten, contact the clinic and we will get antivenom to you ASAP.
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