Armed with curiosity and natural hunting instincts, it is not uncommon for our pets to cross paths with a snake. In the warmer months, snakes become much more active. Because of this, we must be careful to protect our pets from snake bites and to be aware of the warning signs in case our pet is bitten.
If you do suspect a snake has bitten your pet, call us ASAP.
How do I keep my pet safe from snakes?
Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to stop your pet from being bitten by a snake. However, by following a few rules, you can significantly reduce the risk of your pet coming in contact with a snake.
- Keep your pet on a leash when walking them through deep grass, the bush or along creeks.
- Remove rubble, building materials etc. from your backyard where snakes can hide.
- Invest in snake-proof fencing for your property.
- Remove food scraps from outside that may attract rats (and therefore snakes).
- Keep your grass short.
- If you suspect or know there is a snake, keep your pet away and get in touch with a snake catcher to have it removed.
Do not try and move the snake yourself.
How do I know a snake has bitten my pet?
Signs of snake bites can vary depending on the species of snake, as well as the bite location.
Common signs can include;
- Dilated pupils not responsive to light.
- Weakness in hind legs (which often leads to paralysis).
- Rapid and shallow breathing.
- Bleeding from wounds.
- Shaking or twitching of the muscles.
- Vomiting and loss of bowel control.
- Red urine.
Signs of snake bite usually appear half an hour to 24 hours after an animal is bitten. Dogs typically show signs quicker than cats.
What do I do if a snake has bitten my pet?
If you suspect that your pet has been bitten, get them to us as soon as possible. The sooner they are treated, the better their chances of survival.
There are some important things you can do to help your pet while you are on the way to the vet:
- Keep your pet calm and cool.
- Keep your pet still. Carry your pet if they need to be moved (such as to the car).
- If the bite is on the neck, remove their collar.
- Try and keep the site of the bite below the level of their heart.
Snake bites can be fatal and prevention is best. If you do have any questions about snakes or snake bites, book an appointment to talk to one of our team.