What You Need to Know About Preventing and Treating Snakebites

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.
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