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Wollaston Clinic
59 Mortlake Rd
Warrnambool
VIC 3280

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Phone:
03 5561 6911
Fax:
03 5565 1495

Timboon Clinic
99 Bailey St
Timboon
VIC 3268

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Phone:
03 5558 6666
Fax:
03 5598 3561

Allansford Clinic
260 Ziegler Parade
Allansford
VIC 3277

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03 5561 6911
Fax:
03 5565 1495

Simpson Clinic
190 Barramul St
Simpson
VIC 3266

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03 5558 6666
Fax:
03 5598 3561

Snake bite emergency

December 2016

As the weather warms up snakes become more active and the risk of snake bite increases. Snake bite is a real emergency and in this high risk period it is important to watch for signs in your pet. With prompt treatment we can usually save dogs or cats  bitten by snakes. 

 

Signs of snake bite

Look for the following signs and if you suspect your dog or cat has been bitten, contact the Clinic immediately to organise treatment:
  • The dog or cat may collapse and be vomiting or drooling excessively. This can be followed by apparent recovery but indicates a potentially lethal bite so promptly transport the dog to the clinic
  • Dilated pupils
  • Purple gum colour
  • Drooling and panting excessively
  • Trembling
  • Weak and wobbly in back legs or unable to rise
  • Red or brown coloured urine
  • Alternatively your pet may develop delayed symptoms of lethargy, vomiting and weight loss with muscle wastage
Snake bite is an emergency and a victim can deteriorate very rapidly. It is vital to call the Clinic and seek treatment as soon as possible. 
Dogs and cats that have been bitten by a snake can be treated with antivenom, and the success rate of treatment is high if given early. Treatment includes hospitalisation on a drip. The length of hospital stay will depend on the severity of the bite, but in uncomplicated cases pets often go home within 2-3 days.