Snake Bites and Dogs: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts
Summertime and snakes go hand in hand, and if you’re a dog owner, it always pays to stay abreast of what you should and shouldn’t do if your pooch finds himself on the receiving end of a snakebite. Some ideas about first aid procedures for doggy snakebites have changed in recent years, so a brush up on how to handle snakebites can’t hurt.
DO Assume the Snake is Venomous
Err on the side of caution when it comes to snakebites. Assume the worst, and hope for the best. Act as if the snake is venomous until your vet evaluates your pet.
DO Seek Veterinary Help Immediately
Don’t waste any time getting your pet to the vet. It is important that your pet is seen immediately. If your regular vet is not in, seek out an emergency vet, pronto.
DO Muzzle the Dog
Unless your dog has been bitten on his face, muzzle him right away. This will prevent the dog from accidentally snapping at you while he is in pain.
DO Immobilize the Bitten Area
Immobilize the affected area. If possible, keep the bitten area at or just below the heart level to slow down the movement of toxins in the area.
DO Keep the Pet Calm
Try to keep your pet as calm as possible. If your pet senses you are stressed, it can only aggravate the situation, so keep yourself as calm as you can.