Snakebite Awareness Day is September 19th. This is a pretty relevant topic: there are over 90 kinds of snakes here in the Lone Star State. While only about a dozen are venomous, even non-venomous snakes can cause injuries. Dogs are particularly at risk, because of their curious and protective natures. A vet lists some ways to protect your furry pal from snake bites in this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal clinic.
Do Your Research
You don’t have to become a reptile expert, but it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the usual suspects, and know where they live. (Tip: the Western Diamondback is the snake most likely to bite Fido.)
Make Your Property Uninviting
Although snakes live in a variety of terrains, many like the same types of hideouts. Keep your lawn mowed, and remove log piles, dead branches, and other potential habitats. Fencing will also help, as will filling in holes beneath garages and sheds.
Don’t Offer A Buffet
Like other animals, snakes go where there’s food. Use non-toxic, human methods to evict mice, rats, squirrels, and any other critters they find appealing.
Walk Fido Carefully
When taking your canine buddy on a stroll, pay close attention to where you both are stepping, especially at night. Don’t let Fido sniff around spots that could be housing snakes! We also recommend keeping him on a short leash.
Know The Signs
If you see your canine companion attacking or being attacked by a snake, you’ll know what happened. But, there’s also a chance that you may not see the encounter. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for. Those telltale puncture wounds are a giveaway, but can be hard to spot beneath thick fur. Other warning signs include swelling, tissue discoloration, pale gums, vomiting, weakness, confusion, cold skin, and trembling. Fido’s breathing may also slow down.
If you know or suspect that your pooch has been bitten by a snake, take him to the clinic for treatment right away. Many dogs do survive snake bites, but treatment must be administered quickly.
There are vaccines available, but they won’t protect Fido from every type of poisonous snake bite. Ask your vet for more information.
Please contact us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal clinic, for your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!