If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake you should immobilise your pet & try and keep him/her as quiet as possible.
It is vital that you take your pet to the vet clinic immediately. The sooner your pet is treated, the better their chances of survival.
Snake bite is deadly. However, with early treatment and antivenom therapy, the majority of dogs will survive a snake bite. Without treatment, most animals will die.
Animals usually die because they do not get antivenom quickly enough, or don’t get enough antivenom.
Get your pet to the vet ASAP
In the warmer months snakes become much more active. Pet owners need to be mindful of snakes &take measures to safe guard their pets from bites, as well as being aware of the symptoms should an animal be bitten. Dogs & cats, being inquisitive creatures, often try to chase or eat snakes, commonly resulting in bites to the face or legs. In warm weather, don’t allow your pet to wander in thick grass or scrub where snakes could be concealed. Ensure your dog is on a leash if you are bushwalking. Snakes are generally attracted to water sources or rockeries where lizards live, so keep these areas to a minimum around your property.
There are three species of land snakes in Tasmania. They are: Tiger snake, Lowland Copperhead snakes & white-lipped snakes. Of the three, Tigers & Copperheads are the most venomous and are responsible for the majority of snake bites in domestic pets. The venom of a White-Lipped snakes is not as deadly. Tiger snake bites can also be fatal to humans, so take care of yourself too!
Remember, tiger snakes mainly live on frogs, so keep your pet away from wetlands during the warm part of the day. Copperheads also eat lizards.