Help! My Dog Has Been Bitten By A Snake!

Beware! Snake bites can be deadly!
Beware! Snake bites can be deadly!

Did you know that over 15000 dogs and cats are bitten by snakes each year? Considering that dogs, as well as cats enjoy playing with just about anything that moves, this fact should not come as a surprise! Non-poisonous snakebites can cause pain and infection, but venomous snakebites can be deadly! In fact, once a dog or cat has been bitten by a poisonous snake, they can be dead within an hour or two.

Dogs are bitten more than cats are…most likely because they often go for walks with their owners in wooded areas (cats aren't really known for long walks…or any walks for that matter). Dogs are also much more sensitive to snake venom than cats, and have the highest fatality rate (of any domestic animal) when it comes to snakebites. If you live in one of the following states, watch out! These states have the highest dog snakebite statistics. They include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas and South Carolina.

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For obvious reasons, most dogs are bitten on the face and neck. There are many different factors that determine the severity of the bite. These factors include how much venom the snake is able to inject into your pet, the size of the snake versus the size of the dog it has bitten, and the number of times the snake actually bites your pet. Ouch! The most common sign that your dog has been bitten is severe swelling. Often, because the swelling hides the fang marks, many people think their dog has actually been stung by a bee or spider.

 If your dog is bitten by a pit viper or copperhead the area around the bite actually turns to a different color almost immediately. The venom from these snakes is very powerful and can also cause bleeding disorders (such as severe bruising and or bloody nose). If your dog is bitten by a pit viper or a copperhead, seek veterinarian assistance IMMEDIATELY! If you are not certain of the type of snake that has bitten your dog, again, drop EVERYTHING and rush your dog to the emergency veterinary hospital.

What To Do!

  1. Keep your dog as calm and still as possible! If possible, do not allow your dog to move at all! Movement will only circulate the poison through your dog's body at a faster rate.
  2. Take off your dog's collar! If your dog's neck swells, the collar will only hinder breathing.
  3. While transporting your pooch, turn up the air conditioner as high as it will go! Cold air will help to slow down your dog's circulation.
  4. Rinse the area of the snake bite. This will wash off any venom that remains on your dog's skin and or fur. Have a friend drive so you can do this while on your way to the emergency veterinary clinic.
  5. Place a cold pack on the area that was bitten. Ice will reduce the swelling and slow your pet's circulation. If your dog will not allow ice (due to pain) try a bag of frozen vegetables. Again, have a friend drive so you can tend to your dog. Apply the cold pack for ten to twenty minutes at a time.
  6. If possible, keep the bite below the level of the heart.

Follow-Up Care

Most dogs that are bitten by poisonous snakes die within two hours. Those who are treated and survive beyond that point, usually recover but are not completely "out of the dark" for up to TEN DAYS after being bitten. Due to the high cost, most veterinary hospitals do not carry antivenin treatments. However, they will treat your dog with steroids, antibiotics and possibly a tetanus shot. You can also expect your dog to stay overnight at the hospital, so have your veterinary pet insurance card ready! Once released from the hospital you will probably be responsible for administering oral antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medication. These medications will need to be given until the area that was bitten is completely healed. Your veterinarian may also recommend applying a cold compress to the "tender area" and may also give your dog pain medication.

When walking in the woods, try your best to keep your dog on the designated path!
When walking in the woods, try your best to keep your dog on the designated path!

Snakebites are NO laughing matter! If possible, take precautions such as making your dog stay on the path instead of allowing him to run off into a wooded area. Also avoid high grasses, streams and creeks. Oh…one other important note, if you happen to come across a dead snake…BEWARE! Even dead snakes can bite and poison you and or your pet! How, you ask? Well, many poisonous snakes retain a reflexive action for up to an hour after death. This means that even though it is dead, if your dog (or you) touches it, it can still bite! Who knew!? So, play it safe, and avoid all snakes…dead or alive! Woof!

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SusanWesty 7 years ago from Australia

Interesting article. One of my dogs was great at warning us when a snake was around. He'd bark furiously, a very specific bark, while he'd try to corner the snake. He was bitten once, on his back leg, by a poisonous cobra--a baby one--and the amazing thing is that he actually survived He began shaking and vomiting, but after resting a while he was normal and the vet confirmed he'd be fine! We figured it must have been a very light snake bite.


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Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Susan! Thanks for sharing your story. Personally, I am not very fond of snakes...thank goodness I have not come across any while walking my dogs!


Courtney 7 years ago

My puppy just got bitten by a snake, I am still unsure of what kind it was. She is in the vet now and has been there since 1 o'clock this afternoon. The vet was informative that her vital signs are low, do you think she is going to be okay?


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Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland Author

Courtney: It all depends on what kind of snake bit your dog and how fast treatment was provided. I truly hope that your puppy will be ok! Sorry to hear that you (and your pup) are going through such a horrible experience. My thoughts are with you!


Rachel brewer 7 years ago

Our 6 yo westie mix was bitten twice, but we are unsure of the type of snake. We rushed him to the ER Vet, and he was in such severe pain that the vet sedated him. :( Poor guy. That was last night...he is now home and resting comfortably. Both the ER vet that treated him and our regular vet that did the followup confirms that he will be just fine. He stayed last night and was given IV steroids, antibiotics, and histimines. Now he is on oral antibiotics and pain meds. Our quick action (we were at the vets office within 20 minutes) probably saved his life. The snake that bit him was likely a copperhead or cottonmouth, based on our region, and according to both vets, was a very large snake.


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Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland Author

Rachel: Thank goodness your dog is going to be OK! So glad you rushed him to the vet without a second thought. Thank you for your comment...much appreciated.


madison 7 years ago

my dog was bitten and started limping so we thought she had

autherites ( if that's how its spelled ) so we gave her some meds and when we saw the bite on her leg we didn't no

what to do! I'm really scared ( and avallable )


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Cleanclover 7 years ago from Piece of land!

I was in Australia and my cat got bitten by a brown snake. In 5 minutes she was dead. My parents were glad it was the cat and not me that got the bite.


Barry 6 years ago

My "boerbull" dog was bitten this afternoon by a "pofadder". Her neck is swolen and she's constantly bleeding we treated her with anti-venom and everything she's hanging by a thread i mean she's 9 years old.


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Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Barry!

So sorry to hear that your dog was bitten. Sounds AWFUL! I hope your dog pulls through! When my brother's dog was bitten there was a lot of swelling. Thankfully, they were able to get her to the vet in time. Good luck...I'll say a little prayer for your pup!


Daniel 6 years ago

my pet jack Russel was bitten i live in Australia .... it was by our poisonous snake in the area .. it was a brown snake ... he was on life support and had anti venom .. sad to say he didn't make it and i will miss him dearly ... please watch out people ... make sure you surrender everything and give main priority to your pooch .... :)


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Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland Author

Daniel: So sorry your pup didn't make it after being bitten. I can't imagine losing one of my dogs in such a way....very sad. Thanks for sharing your experience. :-)


Robert 6 years ago

We believe that last night our four month old Lab was bitten by a rattler. We heard the seasoned vet give three loud warning barkes, then we heard the little girl start to whine. See how it was 1:30 AM, I just thought she was being a brat. Went out at about 2:00 because she didn't stop and she bolted out of her run. Thought it might have been a coyote that got to close to her run and scared her, but when I took her into the garage I could see that her face was very swollen. Not sure what to do, I gave her an Claritin. Went back out in the morning and her face was still swollen but she acted fine. Gave her another claritin and had her eat a little food. By mid day she still acted fine, although she has had diarhea. Swelling has gone done a bunch. Could not see puncture wounds and am wondering if it was a snake or maybe a black widow? Any thoughts, or were we just lucky?


Daniel 6 years ago

sounds like you guys were lucky robert .... i miss my dog so much i wish he was as fortunate as your lil lab :) please give your dog a big hug for me ... god bless!!


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okmom23 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

My Maltese was bitten by a copperhead six weeks ago. We rushed her to the Vet. when it happened, but she is still on antibiotics. The Vet. told us he may need to do surgery. She was bitten just below her eye.

Thank you for the information in your Hub!


bryan ferguson 6 years ago

my six month old pittbulls face is swollen pretty bad but im not sure what snake. it was it has been two hours scice and she still walking around and wagging her tell a little less hyper but seems quite fine. i cant get to the vet because he is never at the office. what should i do?


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Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland Author

Bryan: If the swelling has not gone down by now, you should take your dog to the vet. Call and make an appointment. If your vet is not available...go to a different animal hospital. In the mean-time...continue to monitor your dog for swelling, strange behavior, etc.


CandiGurl 6 years ago

My boyfriends pitbull was bit by a snake and I am unsure of what kind. Her paw is swelling and I have some antibiotics of hers that I have gave her. The vets around my area want cash only and I don't have it right now...is there anything more I can try to do to save my boyfriends dog???


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Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland Author

CandiGurl: Sorry to hear about your boyfriend's dog! You are in a tough situation as a vet visit may be in order. It all depends on the type of snake that bit your dog. Do you have any idea? In the meantime, wash the area and put a cold compress on the bite. If your dog was bit by..say a copperhead...he would probably die within a few hours if not treated. Sooo...if your dog is still alive after a few hours (without treatment) you may be in the clear and general care will be in order. Good luck!!!


mmgolden 6 years ago

my dog has been bitten in the neck or face 3-4 times and a vet isn't open until monday(it is sat.)wat do i do im scared


mmgolden 6 years ago

also he is swolen really bad his head is litterally the size of a basketball


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Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland Author

mmgolden: Sorry I am only now answering your comment. I hope your dog is ok! Sounds to me like your dog needed to be taken to the emergency vet asap. Please let me know if your pup is ok!


Jeff and Ranay 5 years ago

This has always been a huge concern for my wife and I when walking our dogs. What to do if they are bitten by a snake, because they are somewhat prevalent in our part of the county. This was some great info, I just hope we never have to use it. Thanks for a great Hub


Leslie Tan 5 years ago

Help! My chow chow dog was bitten by a cobra in the eye area, around noon, we called the vet and they said we just have to give him some antibiotics for 5 days, but i don't know if my baby will survive. I'm stressed out!


Kayla 5 years ago

Our TeaToy Poodle was bitten by a copperhead. during recovery we had a hard time getting him to eat. We eventually resorted to syringing baby food (lamb, beef and ham only) and pedialyte into his mouth and giving him small doses of liquid B12. Within 2 days he was much more alert and actually trying to play ball with us.


Kayla 5 years ago

We also gave him half doses of children's benadryl to help with the swelling


karen 5 years ago

i think my dog was bitten by a snake his whole head has swollen and a mark is under his neck he seems fine we put him on antibiotics and now the place under his neck has opened up the size of a fist you can see the meat and the fur and skin is gone what can i do


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Cygstarz 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Karen: If at all possible, get your dog to a vet asap!!


Stefan 4 years ago

Hi, my 10 month old Jack Russell has been bite 3 times today by a pofadder (1 of South Africa's most deadly snakes), 1 on his head, 1 on his cheek and 1 on his neck. His whole face is swollen up, but we got to the vet in 45 min and she said that he may just make it. Its nou 9 hours later and his heart is pumping strong and has a good breathing. But the first 24 hours is the most critical fase. Let's hope that tomorrow when the vet phones my Russell still lives. :)


Stefan 4 years ago

I am sorry to say but my 10 month old Jack Russell didn't survive the night and was buried today. My best advice to people is to get your dog to a vet as soon as possible!


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Stefan...SO SORRY!!!! My thoughts are with you. I hope the new year brings you peace, happiness and many fond memories of your Jack Russell. Hang in there.


bailey 4 years ago

my dog that's almost a year got bit under the eye iv had dogs bit befor but they survived without treatment but its been 2 days and it looks lik und3r her eye is getting worse and the skin is turning fleshy so im wondering when it will stop and start scabing up


Lisa 4 years ago

i had a golden retriever (3 years old) that was bitten by what i believe was a timber rattle snake. this happened about 10 years ago now.. it was very sad. my father, my aunt, and i went hiking and the dog wanted to come with us (even though we originally weren't going to take him with us that time for whatever reason). so the dog hopped in the car, made his "please take me with you" face, and off we went. we were about a 3-4 hours or so into the hike up this mountain in upstate NY, when my dog suddenly started acting weird and sluggish. we thought maybe he was just hot, since it was pretty warm out that day, so we gave him some water and let him rest. he just could not stand up and eventually started shaking violently, then he started howling like he was in intense pain, and then his fur started to fall out, which i thought was really odd. about an hour or so later, he was gone :( ..its unfortunate because we were a few hours into the hike up this mountain and absolutely nowhere near help. we tried to carry him back down, but it was just too far. i often regret bringing him hiking with us that day.


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Lisa: So sorry to hear about your Golden (they are such beautiful dogs!). Thank you for sharing your story.


Chris 4 years ago

My little dog (about 15lbs) got bit by a snake a little over 2 hrs ago. I called my vet and she asked how big my dog is and said to give her 1 Benadryl and 1/2 baby aspirin. She said I could bring her in (after hours emergency) but most dogs respond well to this. My dog is worth the fee but I don't really have the money (I would get it though) and if this can be treated at home I'd rather do that. I don't know what kind of snake. She was bitten on the snout.

Has anyone had success with this. After 2+ hrs her snout, cheek and neck on one side is pretty swollen. She prefers to hang out under the bed but will come out if I ask her to. Her nose is pretty tender too. Vet said to call back and bring her in if she has trouble breathing, which she is not.


Chris 4 years ago

Just an update 24hrs later. My little dog made it through it seems. It's been 24hrs since she got bit. We gave her Benadryl and Aspirin as the vet recommended. I called the vet a few hours later with an update. 9hrs after the first dose I gave her another Benadryl. Called the vet this morning to report how she is doing. She is still swollen tonight but is almost back to normal as far as her personality. The vet seems to think based on the area we live in and the most common snake bites he see's, as well as her symptoms, that she was most likely bit by a Copperhead. It could also have been a Rattlesnake.


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Chris! So glad to hear that your little pup is "Out of the woods!" Snake bites are nothing to mess around with...so you did the right thing by calling your vet! My brother's dog got bit by a copperhead and went through a similar scenario. Again, glad your dog is OK! Thanks for the comments...much appreciated.


HK 4 years ago

My dog got bit by a snake, they think, sometime between last night and this morning and I'm so worried about her. My parents took her to the vet this morning and she got a shot in her neck and they put her on antibiotics. I really hope she'll be okay since we could've waited too long. Do you think that's possible? She is in our garage and she won't really respond to anyone. She's mopey and I'm really worried about her, especially since we don't know what kind of snake it was :(


Chris 4 years ago

HK.. my dog was the same way. Very mopey and wanted to stay under the bed or be close to us. Is there any ways she can come inside? She might want to be close to you to feel better. Read my comments above yours about my dog about my dogs snake bite ordeal. My dog is small (about 15 lbs) She is a Basenji/Chihuahua mix. She made it through just fine. It will depend on the snake though. I hope your dog is doing well. Its been 2 days since my dog got bit and 90% of the swelling is gone. Stupid dog was right back on the hill today, obviously feeling better and looking for the snake. I don't know how I'm going to keep her away as we live in the country and she has free range of the yard!!


HK 4 years ago

My pup is doing just fine now :) the swelling is gone and she's back to her normal self :)


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

HK: Great News!!! So glad your dog is going to fine. :-)


twitch1988 4 years ago

my dog got bitten by a tiger snake and even though we took him to the vet and he received anti venom, he died of a seizure the next day.


Ashley 4 years ago

My 13 week old puppy ate a dead snake. We are not sure what type of snake it was. He is a little bloated and it looks like he may have gotten bit but there is no swelling around the area or discolorization. What should I do?


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Ashely!

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your comment. I'm a bit behind! Anyway...how is your puppy doing? This is the first time I have heard of a puppy actually eating a dead snake so I'm not sure what to tell you. I would, however, keep a close eye on him to make sure he is ok. If you see any signs of illness...take him to the vet asap! As a precautionary measure...you might want to call the vet and tell them the situation. They might want to check him out...just to be safe. Good luck...and if you get a chance, let me know how your pup is doing.

Thanks for your comment.


Kim West 4 years ago

My Bichon was bitten by a snake last night. We took him to see the ER vet within 1/2 hour. The dr gave him a steroid shot and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. He will drink but won't eat. He was bitten in the front right leg. He acts like his back legs are stiff. His fur appears to be falling out around the bite. Does this sound normal for a snake bite?


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Many different type of symptoms may occur when a dog is bitten by a snake. You must take into consideration what type of snake bit your dog and the location of the bite. So when you ask if your dogs symptoms are "normal"....that's hard to answer. However, since you know for a fact that your pup WAS bitten...you did the right thing by taking him to the vet asap. Did the ER vet give you after care instructions? Did they give you a list of things to look for (swelling, not eating, etc.)? If your dog is not getting better and continues to NOT eat...I would take him to his regular vet for a follow-up visit. You may want to give your regular vet a call...just to fill him in on the situation and see if he/she has any further advice. The fact that your dog's legs are stiff is a concern. Go ahead and make that call...better safe than sorry.


Caroline 4 years ago

My 15 lbs mini Dachshund, Oscar, was bit twice by a Copperhead three days ago. We aren't sure when exactly he was bitten, but he started whining in the middle of the night and his belly had significant swelling. We gave him a benadryl to help with the swelling. We were camping and had to get back to the car and then drive three hours to an emergency clinic. The vet gave him some pain meds and antibiotics and sent us on our way. By that evening, Oscar's swelling had worsened and he had some blood in his stool so we rushed him to the emergency clinic where we live. They kept him for two nights and administered fluids and pain meds. He is now home and resting, but still VERY groggy and dumpy. The swelling and bruising is significant, but that is to be expected I guess. The only thing that concerns me is that he has no appetite and doesn't seem to have much control over his bladder. Could this just be the buprenorphine he is taking for the pain?


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Cygstarz 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Caroline. First of all, thank you for your comment. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond (I was out of town!). Sorry to hear your dog, Oscar, was bitten by a Copperhead. My brother has a Dachshund mix and he too, was bitten by that type of snake a few summers ago. The good news is...he survived!

The medications your dog is taking can play a role when it comes to going to the bathroom and/or eating. My dog had a pinched nerve in her neck and was on pain meds and muscle relaxers for about a week. She did have a few accidents during that time. Just as a human can experience side affects from medications...dogs can too. Pain medications can make a dog lethargic, therefore, he or she may forget their potty manners. If he doesn't appear to be getting better..call your vet. He should start feeling better soon. I believe my brother's Dachshund mix took about 7 to 10 days to be completely back to normal. Let me know how Oscar is doing and thanks again for your comment.


Kayjun 3 years ago

My pitbull was bitten twice yesterday. An there's a pouch of swollen skin under her neck other than that she's her same ole self should I be worried


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Cygstarz 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Kayjun...thank you for your comment.

Keep an eye on your pitbull over the next few days. If you see any unusual signs (lethargy, not eating, etc) then contact your veterinarian. Do you know what type of snake bit your dog?


brooklyn flynn 3 years ago

i need to know what kind of medicine do they give them?


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Cygstarz 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Brooklyn....

There are many different types of medications that the veterinarian may prescribe. It all depends on the type of snake and the severity of the bite! I do know that some sort of antibiotic is almost always given.


Google User 3 years ago

If a snake, venomous or not, bites a dog it's usually because the snake felt threatened and bit in self defense if the dog was bothering the snake.


dogfond 3 years ago

great advice though I've never experienced one of my dogs bitten by a snake. This would help.


Joaquin 3 years ago

Okay, I have a 4 year old Pit Bull that is outside 95% of the time and at about 6:30, I noticed that the left side of his face was swollen pretty badly. So I started to evaluate it and I noticed that he was bleeding on the left side of nose. So me and my mom gave him some benadryl at 7:30 mountain time. It seems like he's doing fine now. He is breathing normally, eating and drinking well, and he is happy as normal. Like a said, he is outside like almost all the time and I'm thinking he gotten bit by a snake but I'd thought I'd ask you. Thanks in advanced! Additional details: it does not hurt him much if I touch the swollen area He is drooling excessively on his left side He is swollen almost down to his neck


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Cygstarz 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Joaquin: How is your Pit doing? From everything you told me...sounds like he was, indeed, bit by a snake!! Glad you gave him the Benadryl quickly. As long as he is breathing ok and not in distress he will probably be ok. Keep a close eye on him for a few days and if you notice any signs of distress...take him to the vet asap. If the area is still swollen (and he allows) you may want to put a cold pack (gently!) where he was bit. Good luck and let me know how he is doing.....


cabguy89 3 years ago

i lost two dogs last night due to a snake bite.as soon as they got bit they just passed out,one died like 5 mins later the other 20.

they were chihuahuas and were like my children.had one for about 15 years and the other about 7.im saddened i couldn't save them.i didn't have the money for vet bill and they died peacefully.fabulious angel and sammy whammy RIP my frinds


katie 3 years ago

my friend puppy got a copperhead snake bite right under its eye


Paul J Brown 3 years ago

My dog was bitten a few days ago by a rattlesnake in the face. She is a little better but cannot keep food or water down. What can I do , cannot afford a vet.


rather not say 2 years ago

give her some benadryl we gave are puppy which at time was only 2 month's old liquid kid's benadryl because she was bitten by water moccasin, snake bite we couldn't afford anit vedom which was over 1600$ so they did laser treatment on her and we gave her children's liquid benadryl, and it saved it her life and she lived, now is going on 10, month's old


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Thank you zygstarz. Your hub is great. All the advices to take care the dogs after a poisonous bite. It is greatly appreciate. You wrote an excellent article.


michael 2 years ago

I got a year old jack Russell terrier never been bitten by anything but today I went outside and tried to take off the leash copperhead came out of Noway and try to bite but my loyal jrt "Jane" saved me but she got bitten up her mouth and now is swollen and the vet is so expensive.. They told me to use benadryl every four hours about a tea spoon.. I pray she will have a full recovery.


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

If you clean your dog with a half of cup of water and about 4 big spoon of vinager and 2 big spoon of baking soda . The poison will clean out. Tied her and squeeze the bad blood out. Do it gentle. Grab a bottle of drinking water empty the bottle a little. Then , you need to add sugar. You need to give the dog the water with sugar.Open the dog's mouth and put it down his throat. Use a lot of sugar. Use a towel to clean her with the vinager and baking soda.


Sean 20 months ago

Sorry for the losses on the pups people my heart goes out to all you. My 4 year old Dachshund Eddie 20 pounds got hit by a rattlesnake in S Cali digging for Gophers in the back yard yesterday. We have two and they love to dig for Gophers and chase lizards and such. We didn't see the actual snake bite him but heard him whimpering shortly after. Took him to the emergency vet within 30 minuets. Sure enough I noticed the two marks and saw blood and knew it was a rattler it was early summer and the snakes are out. The vet gave him and IV drip and antibiotics at first. He started swelling and he recommended anti-venom at $650.00 buck a pop and I gave him the green light to use it. We just moved out to the mountains so I am new to this type of thing. He gave him 2 doses of the anti-venom and its the second day now and looks like little Eddie will be fine. He called us last night after about 15 hours and said he is looking and acting good accept the swelling in his head and face looks scary. Visited him last night as well and he is wagging his tail and when we said "walk walk" his ears perked up...good sign. I think from now on we are not letting our dogs run around the property with no leash and unsupervised. If this happens again I dont know if I can pay the 2k vet bill and many have said Children's Benadryl 1mg per pound and use the topical benidryl for the actual bite area on the skin then ice. I fear we live on 5 acres and snakes are out so from now on dogs are on lock down in fenced areas only no more running wild on property. Its hard because the pups like to play and run and that is one of the reasons we moved here but now we are noticing the wildlife dangers here more and more. Snakes, coyotes, large owls scorpions, centipedes, black widows and big hawks. I think he would have survived the ordeal without the anti-venom because he was bit on the head area where the skull is and threes only a little layer of skin. But im glad we used it even if its 2k vet bill those pups are family. I am pleased to see most all the posts in different forum are happy endings with snake bites on dogs. Acting fast is a major key I think too. Time to make some changes here on our property but we love it here and we will make it work.


Emily Speck 14 months ago

My dog was bitten by something on the top of her nose while vacationing with my husband and other dog in broken bow, Oklahoma. Within minutes her whole muzzle was swollen. I rushed her to a vet and the vet gave her a steroid shot and told me to give her 25mg go Benadryl every 6 hours. She wasn't herself and wasn't eating but drinking a little water. The next morning, it was time for us to make our drive home back to Dallas where we live. By this time her poor little face had doubled in size. As we were driving back home, which is about a three hour drive, I noticed her neck started to swell and she developed a sack like growing. I took her to our vet when we got home as I was extremely concerned that it had spread to her neck. Our vet contacted the vet in Oklahoma to see how much steroid was given, which was a low dose. So, my vet gave her more steroids through IV and sent us home with a stronger form of Benadryl, antibiotics, and some wet food to mix in with her dry food since the dry food alone was too hard for her to eat. It has been five days since she was bit and the swelling in her face and neck has gone down. She is eating and drinking just fine but isn't quite back to her normal self. I am a bit concerned, about two days ago she began having some blood in her stool. Do I need to take her back to our vet?

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