You always need to be wary of snakes in warmer weather near fresh water sources such as creeks or dams, especially between October and April. 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.
Steps to 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.
Signs of snake bite include (you may only notice one or a few of the following and they can be seen anywhere from 1-24hours after a bite):
• Sudden collapse
• Dilated pupils
• Weakness in back legs- progresses to paralysis where they are unable to walk
• 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.