Snake bite and your pet

As the weather is warming up, our slithery friends are waking up. In Tasmania we have three types of snakes, they are all venomous and are deadly for our beautiful furry friends. They are generally found in long grass, around natural water ways, water features or ponds. Dogs and cats are at high risk of disturbing snakes and being bitten. Cats that are bitten will generally display odd behaviour and will hide, sometimes for days.

These are the most common clinical signs of being bitten:

  • Weakness to Paralysis
  • Difficulty walking
  • Twitching
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blood in the urine
  • Salivating

These signs are also characteristics of other toxicities that also require immediate veterinary attention.

There is anti-venom available. Anti-venom is the best treatment as it increases the chances of survival. Without treatment dogs and cats can die. Recovery from a snake bite can be quite lengthy depending on the severity of the case. There can also be long term side effects such as kidney disease or failure.