Following Copperhead Bite, Dog’s Swollen Face Is Spreading Across the Internet

After being bitten in the neck by a venomous snake, Logar’s face swelled to three times its normal size. And while images of his swollen snout have gone viral, the rest of his body has thankfully not.

Thanks to the quick-thinking technicians equipped with anti-venom at Pet Helpers, Inc. in West Virginia, it’s going to take more than a mush mouth to hold this Beagle back. Logar arrived at the facility on a Sunday morning, and within 24 hours of being treated, his swelling had gone down considerably.

After he had been treated, Logar returned to his foster family, “to begin getting fattened up in preparation for neutering in the future,” Pet Helpers posted. “Then this guy will be ready for adoption!”

In a Facebook post, Pet Helpers indicated that a Copperhead was likely the cause of Logar’s woes.

The striking difference between Logar’s photos show just how serious a snake bite can be to a dog. PetMD reports that while about 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year, the statistics for pets are not as easily found.

“I don’t believe we have a valid source of information on the actual numbers of dogs bitten or killed by snakes annually in the United States because there is no central data resource for this,” said Michael Schaer, DVM, Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Schaer maintains that Eastern Diamondback and the Eastern Coral snakes bites have proven fatal to pets about 20 percent of the time, while about 12 humans die from snake bites each year.

The Copperhead snake makes its nests throughout Eastern North America.
The Copperhead snake makes its nests throughout Eastern North America.

The Copperhead snake makes its home on the American East Coast, from Northern Florida up to Massachusetts, and has been found as far west as Texas and southeastern Nebraska.

According to the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, Copperhead bites are the most commonly reported venomous snake bite, although the snake’s venom is not as potent as other pit vipers’.

“The copperhead’s initial threat display is to strike,” writes Whit Gibbons, Senior Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina. “It lashes out at an enemy as a warning. If the enemy is close enough, the fangs may penetrate the skin. However, because this is a threat display, not an attempt to kill, the snake injects little venom. A copperhead has no intention of wasting valuable venom if it can scare away the menace with a minor bite.”

Logar may not have been scared away, but he’s recovered just as well. Quite impressively, at that.

“Logar has a much better update to share! He is doing well, loves everyone, his neck wound is healing nicely and he is gaining some weight,” Pet Helpers later posted. “Hard to believe the last picture in the group is really the same dog.”

The Animal Rescue Site wishes all the best to Logar, and the many other dogs who will inevitably tangle with snakes this year.

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