This is the time of year that we see a lot of snake bites in the hospital.
While walking your dog follow these guidelines to help keep you and your dog safe.
- While out walking, controlling your dog with a leash may be your best safety device.
- Do not allow your dog to explore holes in the ground or dig under logs, flat rocks or planks.
- Stay on open paths where there is an opportunity for snakes to be visible.
- Keep nighttime walks to a minimum; rattlers are nocturnal most of the year.
- If you hear a rattlesnake, keep your dog at your side until you locate the snake; then move away.
- Off-trail hiking with an unleashed dog may stir up a snake and you may be as likely a victim as your dog.
- If your dog seems unusually curious about “something” hidden in the grass, back off immediately until you know what it is.
Anytime your dog has been bitten by a snake, it is important that you see your veterinarian or local emergency clinic for proper treatment.
Here are some pictures of snake bites and the extreme swelling caused in some dogs.