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Great veterinary care is about more than simply finding someone who is looking for patients. In addition to finding a professional who really seems to care about your animal, you also need to focus on the fact that your pet has feelings too, and they need to feel comfortable with the situation. I started thinking about different ways to identify better veterinarians a few months ago, and within a few short weeks, we had found a professional that we felt really great about working with. They were kind, thorough, and incredibly affordable. Check out this blog for awesome tips that will help you to find a great pet healthcare provider.

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ER Veterinary Clinic Advice For Dog Snake Bites

Hiking in nature with dogs always brings an added layer of complication. Dogs are curious creatures who run through tall grass and brush without care or consideration there could be poisonous snakes.

When hiking in areas with rattlesnakes or other poisonous snakes, your local emergency veterinary clinic advises you to educate yourself about what to do in the case of a strike.

Snakes Rarely Aggressively Bite Dogs or Humans

Many people believe that a rattlesnake will chase you or your pet down to bite. Nothing could be further from the truth. Snakes bite when they feel threatened. If your dog steps on a snake or tries to bite it, then the snake will defend itself by striking. Snakes can't control their body temperature and sun themselves on rocks and roads during the day and live under rocks or in burrows when it is cold.

By looking for snakes sunning themselves and avoiding excessively rocky areas, you eliminate opportunities for your dog to encounter snakes.

Evaluating Your Dog's Condition

Not all venomous snakes inject poison when they bite. However, when a snake strikes your dog, you don't have any way to know if it did or not. The location of the bite is also a consideration. A snake bite on a leg will take longer to circulate venom than a bite to the abdomen because it is closer to the heart.

Signs of a venomous snake bite include:

  • sudden collapse
  • excessive muscle weakness
  • shaking
  • twitching muscles
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

In addition, the dog can become paralyzed from its body's reaction to the venom.

Field Treatment for Snake Bites

When you see a snake strike your dog, it's vital you immediately take the following actions:

  • wash the wound with an ample amount of clean water
  • keep the dog still and unexcited by being calm yourself
  • contact your local ER vet clinic and let them know you are on your way to see them

Look at the snake for ID purposes but never attempt to catch or kill it because you may also be bitten.

A Note About Snake Bite Fatality in Dogs

Finally, it is essential to note that many dogs survive bites from rattlesnakes and other venomous snakes in the United States. The dogs that survive are quickly taken to a local ER veterinary clinic for antivenom treatment.

If your dog is bitten, the most important thing you can do is not freak out and get them to the closest emergency veterinary care.

Reach out to an ER veterinary clinic to learn more.