To prevent snakebites—remove areas around your home where snakes may hide such as fallen trees, tall grass, rocky areas, standing water, and deep holes.
If You Suspect a Snake Has Bitten Your Dog or Cat
Look for swelling, redness, tenderness, and pain around the wound; two puncture wounds from the snake’s fangs; and signs of nausea or vomiting.
If a Snake Has Bitten Your Pet
- Stay calm! Pets can sense and respond to your anxiety. We want them to stay as calm as possible.
- If you see the snake—note its size, color, and pattern but do not get too close as it may strike out in fear or self-preservation.
- DO NOT put ice on the puncture wounds.
- Get your pet to the emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible but drive safely. The sooner you get there—the better your pet’s chances are for survival.