Snake bites can be common to both people and pets during warmer months in the warmer states. But that does not mean that our northern friends are out of the mix, knowing what to do in this hectic situation can be lifesaving. Read these tips PetParents and take them to heart. If you are a hiker or love enjoying outdoor activities with your pet, you will want to make sure that you know EXACTLY what to do in this potentially fatal situation.
1. Be Prepared
It doesn’t matter if you are a hiker or if you live in a suburb, you should have an first aid kit for your pup with some snake-bite items in it. Make sure you have a least in your first aid kit a sealable plastic bag, a muzzle, and have a pet carrier ready.
2. Stay Calm
Make sure you stay calm and try not to panic. If you start to freak out, you will only start to overwhelm your pup. You want to try to keep the situation as stable as possible so you can help your pup. One way to do this is to try to remember the details. Did you see the snake that bit your dog? What color was it? Was it a long snake or a small grass snake? These kinds of details can save your dogs life and help the hospital determine the type on antidote to give. Remember red touches yellow kill a fellow, red touches black is a friend to jack.
3. Collect The Evidence
If you kill the snake, then take a picture and take it to your vet. If you can collect anything from the snake and take it to the vet, put it in that plastic bag and go! If your dog is bleeding, try to bandage it up until you can get to a vet. You also may have to muzzle your dog to keep them calm, or prevent them from biting (due to fear or excitement).
4. DRIVE VERY QUICKLY
Secure your dog safely in the car, and then drive as quickly as possible (within in the speed limit of course). If your dog was bitten by a poisonous snake, you will want to move and drive quickly to get your pup to the vet. The sooner you can get to the vet, the better!