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Posted on 09-17-2015

The Labor Day weekend is behind us and that usually means the end of summer, but someone forgot to tell the snakes!    Here in Texas the temperatures remain up near 90° and the snake population is still very active. 

Snake venom can cause your pet severe pain, inflammation, numbness, clotting, tissue destruction, loss of a limb, even paralysis.  Symptoms may include rapid breathing, drooling, dilated pupils, pale gums, rapid swelling on the face or legs, weakness or collapse, vomiting, diarrhea and disorientation.

If a snake bites your pet, keep him as quiet as possible.  Try to identify the snake, look for fang marks and give Benadryl, 1mg per pound of body weight, to reduce the reaction.  Then, head to Crossroads or the nearest animal emergency clinic immediately.  A snake bite is always an emergency.

Unfortunately treatment for a snake bite can be a bit expensive.  It may requires hospitalization, antivenom injections, IV fluids and other medications. 

So what can you do to help your beloved dog?  Here at Crossroads we offer a rattle snake vaccine.  Initially it is administered in two booster shots given 4 weeks apart.  After that it is an annual vaccine.  Puppies as young as 12 weeks old can also receive the shots.  Remember even with a vaccine, you should still administer Benadryl and consult your veterinarian if your dog is bit.  Rover may still need antibiotics or other treatments to ward off infections. 

Cats can also suffer snake bites, unfortunately they aren’t able to be vaccinated against.  If they are bit take them to your nearest animal emergency clinic immediately. 

Thanks all,

'PAWS' @ Crossroads

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