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Act Quickly: 4 Steps To Take If Your Pet Is Bitten By A Snake

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If your pet spends time outdoors, there's a good chance that they could suffer a snake bite. If they do, you need to be ready to act quickly. Snake bites can be deadly for pets, especially if they don't receive the proper treatment, which begins with you. If your pet is bitten by a snake, here are four steps that you need to take immediately. 

Make Note of Identifying Features

If your pet has sustained a snake bite and you were present for the event, try to get a good look at the snake. That doesn't mean you should try to capture the snake. In fact, you should never try to capture a snake that's in the wild. However, you do need to try and make note of any identifying features, such as colour, shape and size. This information will help the vet provide the right care for your pet. 

Apply Pressure to the Bite

If your pet has been bitten by a snake, you'll need to apply pressure to the wound as soon as possible. If possible, apply a pressure bandage to the wound. This will help to reduce swelling. 

If you don't have access to a pressure bandage, you can use a strip of towel, clothing or cloth as a pressure bandage. However, don't try to apply a tourniquet, as this can cause additional harm to your pet. 

Secure Your Pet for Transfer

If your pet is suffering from a snake bite, and you've applied pressure to the wound, you'll need to prepare them for transfer. If your pet is still alert, you might be tempted to let them walk from the location, but that's the last thing you want to do. Allowing your pet to walk can increase the spread of the venom through the system, which can prove fatal. Instead, you want to carry your pet to the car. If possible, wrap them in a blanket, and place them in a pet carrier. That way they remain calm during transport. 

Seek Veterinary Care 

Finally, if your pet has suffered a snake bite, seek veterinary care for them as quickly as possible. This is especially important if you don't know what type of snake your pet encountered. If the snake was venomous, your pet will need emergency treatment from a vet. If possible, call ahead to the veterinary clinic. This will give the veterinarian and their staff enough time to prepare for treatment.

For more information, reach out to a local veterinary service.