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Snake BITES!


Snake Season

The start of summer means that there is an increased risk of snake bites in pets. If your pet is bitten by a snake, it is best to assume it is venomous bite.

The onset of signs are varied, but it is usually within minutes of being bitten. The animal may initially appear to “recover” but usually relapses with the following symptoms.

· Weakness, muscles shaking

· Paralysis

· Wide pupils

· Trouble breathing

· Vomiting

· Agitation

· Excessive drooling

· Blood in urine, uncontrolled bowels


As a precaution, don't make your house and yards attractive to snakes by allowing grass to become long. We have heard good responses from snake avoidance training available to dogs, in Perth .

#sankebite #summer #envenomation


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Dr Tom Clune


Veterinary Surgeon

Tom graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Tom is currently completing a PhD in reproductive wastage in maiden ewes.


Tom lives on a small property with his partner and their two dogs (Sheila and Fulla), sheep, alpacas and chooks. Tom enjoys travelling, bike riding and gardening.