What has any of your experiances been with with snake bites. Kiyahna got bit. She loves snakes cause this makes the 4th or 5th time in 2 or 3 months. We have never had this happen like this. I have been with each snake bite. My parents were there, This is the first time and I am very worried.The vet has told us there is not much can be done. Do any of you know something. Maybe to help the swelling to go down?
how long ago did this happen ? i would be concerned about her throat being swollen , because if it swells too much it can restrict breathing. if i were you i would contact either the emergency veterinarian in your area, because if an anti venom treatment is necessary they are more likely to have it on hand then a regular vet. either way i would have her checked out irregardless of what the first vet told you.
This happened a few hours ago. Thanks for the info. I need to do something quick. My mom keeps saying that to just give it time to go down, but I dont want to. This stuff freaks me out. I just didnt think the vet would be able to do anything after being told that. Anyway she is sleeping, is this something I should be worried about as well. Or is this good?Thanks for replying...
lilpitz i am sorry but i just do not know how to direct you on this one. is she at least responsive when you say her name or pet her, like she would be if she were sleeping and you woke her up? or is she hard to rouse ? i think if it were me, i would take her to the vet just to be safe.
wow, i'm shocked the vet said there is nothing they could do. my lab got bit this summer in the face, which swelled up like a basketball. we rushed him to the emergency clinic, and they pumped him full of all kinds of stuff. interestingly enough, i don't believe they gave him anitvenom as we didn't know what kind of snake it was, but they gave him tons of benadryl and monitored him overnight. kinda spendy but worth the peace of mind, i think.
My grandfather's blue heeler got bit by a copperhead, she got over it ok though. The main thing to watch if your dog gets bitten on the head is to make sure the swelling doesn't get so bad that it cuts off the air supply, if you see your dog having trouble breathing it needs help immediatly. I once had a horse get stung repetedly by bees and her facce swelled so much she had difficulty breathing, fortunatly we got her help, her eyes, nose and throat were all swelled shut, poor baby. Just keep a good eye on your dog for the time being. Hope your pup feels better soon!
What kind of snakes is your dog getting bitten by? Maybe you guys should consider limiting her activities outdoors, if she's getting bitten this much. I'd think that most dogs would learn to avoid snakes after being bitten 4 or 5 times in a 3 month period. Most dogs go through their entire lives without being bitten, and rarely is a dog bitten more than once.
Nette, I remember when we went camping on Mt Baker, that was one of the things that I kept hearing, that there aren't any poisonous snakes west of the Cascade mountains. We did see quite a few garter snakes though.
Yah, there are the rare occations that a Rattle snake ends up on this side of the mountians. Some times riding over in a bail of hay. (Yes, I've seen it with my own eyes. Kind of stocking when you're just going out to feed your horses. Let me tell ya, it's not the way I want to wake up every morning!!!!)
***Edited By: Nette on 11/23/2004 1:07:11 PM*** Reason: After thought
GET THE DOG TO THE VET FOR ANTI SNAKE VENUM SHOTS. DON'T MESS WITH THIS.
I live in the desert and Rattle Snakes are here and they can kill a dog if you don't take it to the vet.
My neighbors dog got bit this summer and she had 20 minutes to get it to the vet and she made it. It is very painful for the dog. They kept the dog over night and gave him Anti Snake Venum shots and it worked.
I wish you the best and I hope your little friend gets better.
Nette, I know garter snakes aren't poisonous. Heck I own an amelanistic corn snake and consider myself generally knowledgable on snake species overall. (speaking of which, how bout that awesomely beautiful jungle carpet python they keep showing Angelina Jolie holding in pictures of her for the movie Alexander?) I'm not sure why you inferred that I thought they were poisonous. I was just saying that the only snakes I did see while on Mt Baker were garter snakes.
Sorry, misunderstood your response. I'm at work an only have a minute or two at a time to read. Sorry about that. I do hope that this person, or person's parents take this dog to the vet. Like I said, I would freak if it were my dog. ( And yes, that snake is awsome.)
I was kind of hoping to hear some news too. There are a lot of snakes where we live, hot climate. Whatever vet told her that needs to be slapped. Of course there are things they can do. I hope everything is ok. That is so scary.
I saw Angelina Jolie on Good Morning America this morning too.
Did anyone see David Letterman the other day when Austin Stevens was on there with his snakes. Let me tell you Dave is SCARED of snakes and it was so funny.