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(signs, symptoms and what to do)

Approximately 80% of pets survive snake bite if treated quickly.
The survival rate is much lower however for pets that are left untreated, and death can occur.
Recovery from a snake bite usually takes 24 to 48 hours if the pet receives prompt veterinary attention and the snake bite is not severe.
Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs.

If you suspect your pet has been bitten, call your local / 24 hr emergency AHEAD of arrival.

This is to ensure the vet has anti venom serum in stock AND to prepare live saving drugs and equipment.

Try to keep your pet as still and stable as possible during transport to vet.

Signs and symptoms of snake bites on DOGS

  • Collapse followed by apparent recovery

  • Lethargy

  • Muscle tremors, shaking and reduced eye blinking

  • Dilated pupils

  • Sudden onset of weakness/wobbliness (ataxia)

  • Complete paralysis

  • Inability to control bladder and bowels

  • Irregular bleeding from the nose, bit site, mouth

  • Discoloured, dark urine (often bloody)

Signs and symptoms of snake bites on CATS

  • Puncture wounds and bruising at the bite site (often very difficult to locate)

  • Swelling of the face and head

  • Weakness in the hindlimbs

  • Paralysis

  • Disorientation

  • Pupil dilation (mydriasis) – the pupils may become fixed

  • Excessive salivation

  • Vomiting (occasionally with blood)

  • Blood in the urine

  • Labored breathing

  • Coughing (some animals may cough up blood)

  • Tremors

  • Pale to bluish gums

  • Coma

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