Snake Bite

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Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital
294 Lords Place
NSW 2800

02 6360 3071


As we head into Summer it comes to that dreaded time of year when we often see snake bite victims. Dogs and cats have natural hunting instincts and curiosity which can often lead to them crossing paths with a snake. It is important to remember you do not have to live out of town for your pet to encounter a snake, we have seen animals bitten in town particularly when houses back onto reserves or if owners are out and about with their pet at the park.

What To Do:

If you think your pet has been bitten immobilise them and keep them quiet and calm. Take them to the vet immediately and phone ahead if possible so they can prepare for your arrival. The sooner you get them to the vet for treatment, the better their chance of survival.

Signs of Snake Bite:

- Sudden weakness or collapse

- Shaking or twitching of muscles

- Salivating or Vomiting

- Difficulty breathing/increased respiratory rate

- Dilated pupils

- Blood in urine

- Paralysis

- Death

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Venom detection kits can be useful in determining the type of snake and venom, and the use of different blood tests which can be run in the clinic can also help determine if your pet has been bitten.

Treatment is usually the prompt administration of antivenom and supportive care including intravenous fluids, antihistamines, adrenaline and oxygen therapy. Your pet may have to stay in hospital for 24-48 hours and in some cases multiple vials of antivenom may have to be administered.

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