Will a dog survive a snake bite? Let’s Explore

Symptoms of a Snake Bite On a Dog

Dogs may react to a snake bite right away, or it may take up to 24 hours for symptoms to appear. Common symptoms of a snake bite on a dog include:

  • Sudden weakness and possible collapse
  • Swollen areaÂ
  • Puncture woundsÂ
  • Bleeding or bruisingÂ
  • Trembling, twitching, and shaking
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody urine
  • Paralysis (when they cant move their body)
  • Different dogs may have different reactions to a snake bite depending on where they bitten and what type of snake bit them. A veterinarian can help determine which treatment options can help.

    Treatment for Snake Bites on Dogs

    The veterinarian will begin by giving your dog a physical exam and determine if and where your pet was bitten. The type of treatment provided to your dog will vary depending on the circumstances.Â

    Some of the most common treatments for snake bites on dogs include:

  • Clipping and cleaning bite woundsÂ
  • Antibiotics if there’s a large amount of tissue injury Â
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids — to help them hydrate and recoverÂ
  • Special fluids (colloids) — to help with hypotension
  • Pain medications like opioidsÂ
  • Antivenom — to neutralize the snake venom in the dog’s bodyÂ
  • Supplemental oxygen — to help if the dog is having trouble breathing on its own
  • Vaccine — some veterinarian clinics carry a snake bite vaccine for dogs to help protect your dog from future snake bites.Â
  • Steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs — only used in some casesÂ
  • Can a dog survive a snake bite? About 80% of dogs can survive a snake bite if it’s treated right away. If left untreated, dogs are less likely to recover.Â

    How much venom has been injected

    It is a common myth that juvenile snakes can inject more venom than an adult snake due to not being able to control the amount of venom it releases. Similarly, an adult snake might not release a large amount of venom just because of its size. Therefore, it is impossible to know how much venom has been injected into the snake’s victim.

    One of the highest recorded venom amounts at the Animal Emergency Service was 3600ug/ml compared to that of 200ug/ml recorded in humans. The only way to determine the exact venom load is to send a blood sample to a laboratory for assessment which isn’t practical considering the immediate need for treatment. Instead, your vet will perform tests to assess whether venom is present and the type of snake and dog’s response will determine the amount of anti venom required.

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