Snakes are springing – protect your animals from deadly encounters

This time of year marks the beginning of a rise in snake bites in animals as the warmer weather and drier conditions put an end to their winter hibernation.

 

As the weather continues to warm up, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is encouraging animal owners to take precautions to help minimise the risk of snake bites and seek immediate veterinary advice if they suspect their animal has been bitten by a snake.

Be Aware of the Signs of Snake Bite

The AVA says it’s important for animal owners to be aware of the signs of a snake bite as owners may not actually see their animal being bitten. Signs of snake bite can vary depending on the snake and the location in Australia. Common signs of a snake bite include:

  • Sudden weakness followed by collapse
  • Unexplained bleeding or swelling
  • Reluctance or inability to walk
  • Breathing problems.

 

Bites from some snakes will cause an animal to collapse, and they seem to recover. This can give false confid

ence that the animal is okay, but what is really happening is the snake toxins are spreading through the system and wreaking havoc. Within a few hours, other signs start to develop.

 

“If you think your animal has been bitten, keep your pet calm and contact your vet immediately. The chances of recovery are much greater if treatment is delivered early,” Dr. Parker (President of the AVA) said.

With thanks to the Australian Veterinary Association for this article.Full article available on the AVA site.

 

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