Summer is Snake Bite Season

Snake bites are can be very dangerous for our four legged friends so it is important to understand how to detect if your pet has suffered a snake bite.

Common snake bit symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Muscle Tremours
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Sudden Weakness or Wobbliness
  • Complete Paralysis
  • Loss of Bowel or Bladder Control
  • Dark Urine (often bloody)

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, and you suspect they may have been bitten, then it is important you take them to the nearest vet clinic possible.

Some animals may not show signs immediately but can still have life threatening or fatal amounts of venom from a bite. The longer the animal is left untreated, the more advanced symptoms will become and this will lower the chance of survival.

How We Treat Snake Bites:

  • Intravenous fluid therapy
  • Administration of anti-venom
  • Pain medication
  • Checking blood pressure
  • Checking clotting times, platelet count, and a complete blood count, other blood tests as needed.

Patients require hospitalisation for a minimum of 24 hours following treatment of a snake bite, and depending on the severity of their condition may require hospitalisation for a lot longer.

If you have any questions then please contact our friendly team.

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