Pro­tect your furry friends

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

THEY are strong, fast and if you don’t know what you’re do­ing, there is a high chance you and your pet will come off sec­ond best.

Local snake catch­ers and vets are spread­ing the mes­sage to stay clear of snakes and call a pro­fes­sional no mat­ter how tempting it may be to try and step in.

Jenny McKay from Her­vey Bay Vet­eri­nary Surgery said the best ac­tion to take if you saw you pet in­ter­act­ing with a snake and be­lieved they had been bit­ten was take a photo and stay away.

“The biggest per­cent­age of peo­ple that get bit­ten are try­ing to cap­ture or kill a snake,” she said

Jenny said that the first step when a pet came to the vet with a sus­pected snake bite was con­duct­ing a clot­ting test. Of­ten the pa­tient was able to be saved.

“Snakes are ca­pa­ble of do­ing a dry bite and not in­flict­ing venom, or there is a chance it might not be a ven­omous snake that your pet has been in­ter­act­ing with,” she said.

“If we ac­tu­ally know what type of snake it is then we know what type of anti-venom to use.”

Snake catcher Sa­muel Hunt from Fraser Coast Snake Catch­ers has caught more than 50 snakes in the area since the start of last month. He en­cour­aged lo­cals to con­sider train­ing dogs in wildlife avoid­ance classes.

“Classes started in South Aus­tralia and got great re­sults,” he said “Now they are be­ing run in Bund­aberg and there are peo­ple train­ing to

start the classes here.”

He said classes en­sured pets re­mained safe and snakes were also pro­tected.

If you need help with a snake call Fraser Coast Snake Catch­ers on 0403 382 460.

JES­SICA COOK jes­sica.cook@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

Photo: Cody Fox

BET­TER SAFE: Vet­eri­nar­ian Sky Brunker and her team say pet own­ers should have their an­i­mals checked if they see a snake close by.

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