Watch out for snakes

With the warmer summer months we are starting to see a number of snake bite cases that are requiring emergency treatment. Recently we treated 3 cases in the space of 3 days, and are happy to say that all are recovering well.

The beautiful Bengal Max pictured is one of the lucky ones who has made it through treatment.

The earlier treatment is commenced the better the chance of survival. Recovery can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours if the pet receives prompt veterinary attention and the snake bite is not severe. However, some pets will take substantially longer to make a full recovery due to tissue damage to internal organs and will require intensive and prolonged nursing care. Sadly, there are some others that may not make it despite the best care and treatment provided.

The signs of envenomation by a deadly snake are varied and can include some or all of the following signs:

  • Sudden weakness or in-coordination, followed by collapse
  • Shaking or twitching of the muscles
  • Vomiting or drooling
  • Increased respiration
  • Dilated pupils and an inability to blink properly
  • Blood tinged urine
  • In the later stages, paralysis may occur

If you notice any of the above signs or suspect your pet may have been bitten by a snake, please bring him or her in to see a Vet as quickly as possible. The sooner your pet is treated the better their chance of survival will be.