As the weather is starting to warm up in Australia snake sightings are occurring. As snake bites can be deadly to dogs it is important to know what to do if you come across a snake or if your dog gets bitten.
–Walk your dog on a lead, especially when near long grass or water, as this is where snakes can be found.
–Avoid walking your dog in long grassy areas.
–Keep your yard free of objects snakes may be able to hide in.
–Keep the grass in your yard short.
–If snakes are common in your area keep your dog indoors.
–Put a snake-proof fence up.
–If you spot a snake keep calm and slowly move yourself and your dog away.
–Bleeding puncture wound.
–Swelling of the bitten area.
–Sudden weakness followed by collapse.
–Pain and discomfort.
–Loss of bladder and bowel control.
What to do if your dog is bitten
–Get to a vet immediately. A snake bite to a dog can be lethal in less than 30 minutes, early treatment will increase the chance of your dog surviving. Call the vet on the way there as they will be able to advise you what to do, as well as tell you if they have any anti-venom in stock. The last thing you want to happen is to turn up to a vet and they have to send you somewhere else, so save precious time by calling ahead.
–Even if you suspect in the slightest that your dog may have been bitten it is always safer to go to a vet immediately.
–Try to keep your dog calm and quiet, and avoid excessive movement.
–If you are able to take note of the snakes colour.
What not to do
–Do not attempt to suck the venom out.
–Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake.
–Do not attempt to clean the wound.
Snakes to look out for
Who to contact if you come across a snake
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (136 186) or Wildlife Victoria ( 13 000 94535) who will get you in contact with your nearest licensed snake handler.