Aug 12
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Holidaying With Dogs And Snakes

In Australia, you always need to be wary of snakes in warmer weather and near fresh water sources such as creeks or dams, especially between October and April in more temperate parts, year round in others. Snakes don’t usually seek out any interaction with us but as many dogs will chase them or try to kill them they may be bitten as a result. Tiger and Brown snakes are responsible for most of the bites on our pets in Australia.

Minimise risk of snake bite:

• Avoidance! Most important. Consider leaving your best friend with a carer or at a good kennel facility if the risk of encountering snakes is high.
• Keep your buddy on a leash on walks and out of long grass where snakes are well camouflaged.
• Don’t let them play with a dead snake- there is still venom in their fangs
• Ensure their sleeping area is secure so they cannot escape and that snakes cant get in. Don’t store food where they are sleeping.

Know the signs:
You may only notice one or a few of the following and they can be seen anywhere from 1-24 hours after a bite, but signs of snake bite include:

• Vomiting
• Sudden collapse
• Dilated pupils
• Weakness in back legs- progresses to paralysis where they are unable to walk
• Trembling/shaking
• Blood in urine or vomit

If you suspect a snake has bitten your pup or they are showing any of the above clinical signs you must seek Veterinary attention IMMEDIATELY, even if they have ‘seemingly’ recovered.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your fur kid and snakes.

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Dr. Claire Jenkins

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.