Protect your furry friends
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 email@example.com
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