Venomous snakes can reside in many areas of the US. These dangerous creatures can pose a life-threatening hazard to your pets. The Unites States has a multitude of venomous snakes in each region. To find out what types of venomous snakes are in your area Click Here for a list of snakes by state.
What do you do if a snake bites your dog? Well, first it’s worth mentioning what you do not do:
Instead, you should try to identify the snake by taking note of its size, color patterns and the presence or absence of a rattle at the end of the tail. Look the dog over carefully for fang marks, noting that there may be more than one bite wound. If bitten on a leg, wrap a constricting band on the affected limb snugly at a level just above the bite wound (on the body side of the wound). This band could be fashioned of a shirtsleeve or other fabric and should be snug but not excessively tight. The compression around the limb will slow the spread of the venom. The dog may lose the limb but that is better than losing his life. Start your journey to the nearest animal hospital as quickly as possible while trying to keep the dog as quiet as possible. The more your pet moves around, the faster the venom will be circulated throughout its body.
Preventing Snake Bites