Beware of Snakes!

Venomous snakes found in Virginia include the copperhead, timber rattlesnake, and cottonmouth. All three are pit vipers. The copperhead is the most common and found throughout Virginia.

Signs of a venomous snake bite include:
• Pain
• Severe swelling and bruising at the site of the bite
• Weakness
• Lethargy

Venomous snake bites can lead to blood clotting disorders, organ failure, and in some cases death. Your pet should be evaluated by a veterinarian immediately after a bite from any venomous snake.

Antivenin can be given to counteract the venom. Ideally it should be given within the first few hours after the bite to prevent ongoing tissue damage but benefits can be seen up to 24 hours after a bite. Depending on the location and severity of the bite, additional treatment may be needed.


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