Protect your K9 from snakes in time

Protect your best friend

Every summer, the Snake Hunter has to console more and more pet owners due the a death from snake bites. Often it is the same case of a curious puppy smells something different and tries to find out what it is. Recognising danger, the dog tries to defend its owner's home but gets bitten on the face or nose. The snake then tries to run away and either escapes or is killed. Typically within 1 hour the dog is dead if left untreated. Most owners to get their dog to the vet in time for treatment however are left with an extremely expensive vet bill and their best friend's health is compromised for the next few months at least.

Prevention is the best cure. Our strongest recommendations are to:

1. Teach your dog to avoid snakes through The Snake Hunter's K9 Snake Avoidance Program.

2. Get pet insurance as a precaution because treatment for snake bites can be very costly.

3. If you ever see or suspect a snake, call the Snake Hunter on 0403875409 to inspect your premises and remove any snakes.

4. Never try to catch or kill a snake yourself. Never teach your dog to kill snakes.

5. Take notes from this video to learn more about snake bites in dogs

To learn more, search through this website and click on the associated links.

Signs of a Snake Bite

Your dog may exhibit the following signs if bitten by a snake

  • Weakness followed by collapse

  • Shaking or Twitching

  • Dilated Pupils or Difficulty Blinking

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control.

  • Blood in urine.

  • Paralysis.

 

NOTE:

  1. There may be other signs and this is not an exhaustive list. If in doubt, take your dog to a vet to get checked.

  2. The signs of a snake bite are dependent upon the type of snake that bit your dog. Symptoms can vary significantly.

  3. There is not always necessary all of the below symptoms. Only 1 or 2 of the symptoms may occur or more. If in doubt, take your dog to a vet.

If you Suspect a bite...

If you think your dog has been bitten by a snake:

  • Keep calm yourself and control your own emotions

  • Keep your dog calm as possible and reduce stimulus around him.

  • Remove people who will make the situation worse.

  • Do NOT wash the wound.

  • NEVER try to catch or kill the snake yourself.

  • Apply a firm bandage (without restricting blood flow) around the affected limb (if possible) but do NOT torniquet the bite site.

  • CALL SNAKE HUNTERS on 0403 875 409 to catch and ID the snake for you.

  • Take your dog to the Vet ASAP. (The quicker you do this, the more chance of survival).

What happens at the vet

If you think your dog has been bitten, take them to the vet immediately.

  • Tell reception you think your dog was bitten by a snake. This will be treated as an emergency and will take priority.

  • The vet will conduct and examination of your dog. They are likely shave your dog in the affected area.

  • Diagnostic tests may be conducted by the veterinarian.

  • If the bite is confirmed, treatment usually consists of administration of intravenous fluids and anti venom. Some dogs require multiple vials of anti venom.

  • Other care may include oxygen supplementation, artificial ventilation, antibiotics and more depending upon symptoms.

  • Recovery can take up to 48 hours or longer depending upon the effects of the bite.

Other Steps you can take

  • Train your dog, and train him/her very well.

  • When going for a walk, if your dog is properly obedience trained, you will be able to recall your dog when they go too far away from you

  • If your dog has good recall, you can call him away from a snake.

  • When going for a walk, stay on the path and away from the edges.

  • If your dog smells something and finds curiosity in it, pay attention to what your dog is doing.

  • Do NOT let your dog play with dead snakes.

  • Teach your dog not to go near snakes/lizards/reptiles.

  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times when walking. Make this a short lead so you have full control of your dog.

 

NOTE: It is important to note that there is not 100% fool proof way to protect your dog from a snake bite. That said, if you take the above precautions you help to reduce the risk for your best 4 legged friend.

To Learn More

To learn more about how to protect your dog from snake bites, read through the other parts of this website including:

  • How to protect your home from snakes

  • Learn about Pet Insurance

  • What are the laws relating to training your dog?

  • K9 Snake Avoidance Training.

As the Snake Hunter, one of the best advice I can give is that the more investment you place into your pet dog, the more protected y our pet will be.

Taking the time to train your pet and reinforce such training, not only strengthens bonds but improves the chance your dog will listen when the time comes. If the worst situation occurs (your dog is bitten by a snake), having the best pet insurance reduces barriers to treatment. Just like the dogs in these photos, your dog is looking to you to do the right thing.

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