Pet owners warned to watch for snakes

SNAKES NOW ACTIVE: Knowing the signs of a snake bite could save the life of your cat or dog.
SNAKES NOW ACTIVE: Knowing the signs of a snake bite could save the life of your cat or dog.

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WHILE spring heralds warmer weather and drier conditions, it also brings an increase in snake activity and that can be a concern for pet owners given Australia has some of the world’s most venomous snakes.

A few precautions, and acting fast if a snake bite does occur, can help save your pet’s life. Snakes tend to be most active during the later part of the day and like sheds, most likely due to mice in the area. Keeping your shed and outside area free of debris for snakes to hide in is key. 

Redlands Vet Clinic said there are number of bite signs cat and dog owners can look for: Sudden weakness followed by collapse; bleeding puncture wound; swelling in the bitten area; pain and discomfort; neurological signs such as twitching, drooling and shaking; vomiting; loss of bladder and bowel control; laboured breathing;  dilated pupils; and paralysis. Pets can appear normal, then show signs quickly. 

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“If you think your animal has been bitten contact your vet immediately, the chances of recovery are much greater if treatment is delivered early,” practice manager Abbey Lovell said.

“If you can’t get veterinary attention immediately, applying a pressure bandage over and around the bite site can help slow the venom spreading to the heart, and try to keep your pet as calm as possible.”

Contact the Redlands Vet Clinic on 3207 7325.