• Tony Bosworth

Not to become Snake Weekly...

...you understand, but just to add a bit more to our snake coverage today from the experts.

Here's what you should do if your pet gets bitten by a snake, say Sean and Freya Cade at Australian Snake Catchers.



Obviously, don't try this at home. Call the experts. Pic courtesy of Sean Cade - Australian Snake Catchers

Pets are often bitten on the face, neck, chest and front legs and feet. Dogs are generally barking at them and using their feet to investigate more.


Short hair dogs are probably bitten more than long haired dogs. Australian venomous snakes only have small fangs.


SIGNS TO LOOK FOR

* sudden weakness and your pet may collapse

* check the above areas and/or your whole pet for localised swelling, bleeding and/or a bite mark. This is generally two small marks

* the bite site will be painful

*there could be muscle tremors, drooling and shaking

*they may also vomit and empty their bowel.

*their pupils dilate and paralysis may onset quite quickly in some cases.


If you suspect your pet has been bitten but shows no signs at the time please take them to your nearest vet. The quicker treatment can start the greater the chance of survival. Remember its a good idea where possible to carry your pet to the car and into the clinic.

If you need help removing a snake, call Sean or Freya on 0410 761 575 or 0452 492 836.

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