Protect animals from risk of snake bite
THIS time of year marks the beginning of a rise in snake bites in animals.
As the weather continues to warm up, the Australian Veterinary Association is encouraging animal owners to take precautions to help minimise the risk of snake bites and seek immediate veterinary advice if they suspect their animal has been bitten by a snake.
AVA president Dr Paula Parker said snakes tended to be most active at the end of the day but people should remain vigilant.
Dr Parker said snakes found in backyards were usually looking for mice or rats to eat.
“Rats and mice can often be found in untidy sheds, or where’s there’s a good supply of wood piles and rubbish. It’s a good idea to maintain a tidy garden and shed, ensuring that wood piles are neatly stacked.
“Outside, keep a close eye out for snakes in bushy areas or near water.
“It’s best to try and keep horses, cattle and sheep away from bushy areas.”
The AVA says it’s important for animal owners to be aware of the signs of a snake bite as they may not actually see their animals being bitten.
Signs of snake bite can vary, depending on the snake and the location in Australia.
Bites from some snakes will cause an animal to collapse, then seem to recover. This can give false confidence the animal is okay but what is really happening is the toxins are spreading through the system and wreaking havoc.
Within a few hours, other signs start to develop.
“If you think your pet has been bitten, keep it calm and contact a vet immediately,” Dr Parker said
“The chances of recovery are greater if treatment is delivered early.”