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Snakes and Summer!!!

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

With the warm weather well and truly upon us, the risk of snake bites to our pets is very high.🐍 We have seen several cases at our clinic over the past few months, and sadly some have been fatal.

We suggest you avoid overgrown, rocky or forest areas where snakes love to hang out.🌳

Because of the speed with which your pet can deteriorate to a critical condition after being bitten, it is important that you get them into the clinic as soon as possible so we can start emergency treatment. 🚑

Signs that your pet has been bitten include:

  • Dilated pupils

  • Weakness, collapse or paralysis

  • Drooling and panting

  • Pale gums

  • Vomiting

  • Bleeding from the bite wound (but keep in mind that sometimes you won’t see where they have been bitten)

Often, pets collapse straight after being bitten and then seem to recover. Most of the time however, their condition will deteriorate again in the hours immediately following the bite. Please, if you suspect your pet has been bitten - even if they seem ok - bring them into the clinic immediately. Don’t offer them any food or water, and try to keep them as calm as possible. It’s a good idea to also bring in any other pets that may have been in contact with the snake so we can check them as well. Don’t try to catch the snake, (even if you think it’s dead!) If it’s safe to do so, taking a photo can help us identify it. 📷

Remember, we are here to help. Please give us a call on (07) 3288 1822 if you have any more questions or would like further information.📞

Wishing everyone a safe and happy festive season!🎅

Dr Lyndall – Associate Veterinarian 👩‍⚕️

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