Snake Bites - Prevention, What to do, and Treatment
Spring has finally arrived, which means the opportunity to do more outdoor activities with your pet. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the year when snakes come out of hibernation. It’s a natural instinct for your dog or cat to chase snakes, which may result in a snake bite, which is important to know what to do in case a pet is bitten by a snake.
Reduce the Risk of Snake Bites
Dogs and cats are inquisitive by nature, so it is essential that you take all precautions necessary to avoid the risk of your cat or dog being bitten by a snake. A few tips to avoid the risk of a snake bite include:
- Keep your backyard clear of high grass
- Remove all piles of wood and trash from your yard
- When hiking in wooded areas, step onto logs instead of over them
- The mornings are usually the time of the day when snakes are most active, so try to take walks later in the afternoon
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times when walking through wooded areas to prevent them from pursuing a snake
- Avoid walking through tall grass
What to do if a Pet is Bitten by a Snake
If your dog or cat has been bitten by a snake, the first thing to do is remain as calm and quiet as possible. You should immobilize your pet and try to keep them as quiet as possible. It is extremely important that you take your pet to an emergency veterinarian as quickly as possible, especially if you aren’t sure if the snake was poisonous. Some important Don’ts include:
- Don’t attempt to capture the snake
- Don’t apply a tourniquet
- Don’t apply ice
- Don’t cut the bite open to suck out the venom
Snake Bite Treatment
The most important thing to do for snake bite treatment is taking your pet to the veterinarian in Tucson immediately - the sooner your pet gets treatment, the quicker the recovery will be. Treatment for a snake bite varies depending on the type of snake and the severity of the bite. The first thing your veterinarian in Tucson will do is examine your pet to assess the signs and symptoms they’re showing. Bloodwork will usually be done, which helps the veterinarian in determining the best course of treatment. Snake bite treatment may include the administration of an antivenin, intravenous fluids for the treatment of circulatory shock, pain medications and/or antibiotics to help prevent the risk of infection.
Do You A Pet Emergency? Contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center
If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake, contact or go to the Twin Peaks Veterinary Center immediately. You can reach us by calling 520-572-8300.