Dog Snake Bites
From Pet Health Learning Center
Dog Snake Bites
Snakes are commonly found all across the country. In most cases, they aren't poisonous and are of little concern to everyone. There are some cases in which a snake bite can be a very dangerous thing and it must be treated as quickly as possible.
When a dog is bit, it is important to remember that it isn't an instant death sentence. There is treatment that can be done to your dog to help them get better, but it has to be administered very quickly. The bite can be essentially very painful, and shouldn't be ignored to see if your dog gets better without treatment. It is important that every dangerous snake bite is treated like a medical emergency.
In the First Moments
If you saw the type of snake that bit your dog, make a note of it. The vet will need this information to help them administer proper bite care. Never attempt to catch the snake yourself. When the snake has moved a safe distance from your dog avoid catching it or trying to get close enough to pick it up. This can cause additional bites to occur. Remember that the snake is just as scared as everyone else.
If the snake won't move, check for a snake removal service in your local area and call it. In some cases, the only department available is animal control, and they can usually be contacted through your local police department. While they are on their way, notify your vet that you will be bringing in your dog.
When you have your dog safely away from harm, prepare to bring them into the vet. If your vet has offered you any advice, follow it. As you are following your vet's advice, avoid doing some common mistakes that are made after a snake bite.
Movies have shown us that we should suck out poison or restrict the blood flow with a tourniquet. Both of these procedures are very dangerous and can harm dog. With a tourniquet there is a higher risk for tissue damage because you restrict blood flow in the animal. When you try to suck out the poison, it can infect the bite further, and it also opens you up for having the poison enter your system as well. In addition, you should never cut the wound open or place ice on the bite.
Taking Your Dog to the Vet
As you bring in your dog to the vet's office remember they are scared too. You should remain calm and loving towards your dog during this time instead. Your dog will sense if you are upset and this will increase his anxiety which will help the poison to process faster.
When you arrive at the vet, make sure you approach the situation calmly and work with the staff trying to help your dog. They are just as interested in saving your dog as you are. If you shout at them or cause trouble it only prevents them from helping your dog get the attention he needs the most.
Things to Consider for Treatment
The treatment process can be a difficult one for many dog owners. There are costs and medications that are involved. Antivenin is a common treatment for most toxic snake bites, but there is a cost associated with them, and for some bites they won't work. If your vet suggests this treatment, take the time to discuss the process and what cost and payment options you have.
A snake bite can be a rough thing for many dog owners to deal with. Keep calm and show your dog comfort and love during this time. Your peace will keep them relaxed and help them make it through this frightening time.