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About 15,000 dogs and cats are bitten by snakes annually. More dogs than cats are bitten and dogs are usually bitten on their heads or extremities. A snake bite should ALWAYS be considered an emergency!!!! If you even suspect your dog has been bitten by a snake take the dog to an Emergency Veterinarian Immediately. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!!

What are the Symptoms of a Snake Bite?

  • One, two or several small puncture wounds
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Extreme painful swelling at the site of the bite
  • Inability to bark
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting

What Should I Do If My Dog is Bitten?

  • Seek immediate treatment from an Emergency Animal Clinic.
  • Restrict movement of your dog – This will help the venom from spreading.
  • If your dog is bitten on an extremity, loosely immobilize the limb in a functional position.
  • DO NOT apply a tourniquet without veterinary assistance. A tourniquet will significantly affect circulation to the area and may result in serious tissue damage.
  • DO NOT apply ice to the area


Snakes need cover to hunt in and protect themselves. If they don’t have places to hide they are less likely to be around.

  • Eliminate rock piles.
  • Keep leaves and other debris picked up to reduce the nesting and living area for snakes.
  • No food for domestic pets should be allowed to remain on the ground.
  • Cordwood should be stacked as far away from the house as possible.
  • Keep the lawn low cut and clean.
  • Snakes LOVE English Ivy and other dense ground covering, so if possible remove it from you property and if you can’t keep your dog out of it!!!