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Aberfoyle Hub Veterinary Clinic
Hub Professional Centre
Aberfoyle Park
SA 5159

Phone:
08 8270 5155

Clinic News – September - October 2014

 

Introducing our new logo!!

If you have been into the clinic or visited our website recently you may have noticed we have new uniforms, new stationary and new signage displayed around the outside of the clinic. We would love to hear your feedback regarding the new makeover, so please email us at or have your say on our Facebook page.

 

 

Snake season has arrived!

Unfortunately snake season has arrived. So far we have already treated 3 cats who have be bitten by snakes in our area.

During the warmer days pets should ideally be kept indoors or backyards need to be cleared of hidey-holes for snakes ie. keeping fence lines clear, removing wood piles and mowing long grasses.

Being curious creatures, cats and dogs often end up harassing a snake and getting themselves in trouble.

Different species of snakes possess different types of venom and these can cause varying signs that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite. It can take up to 24 hours for cats to show any signs of being bitten which are most commonly weakness in the hind legs leading to full paralysis. Dogs tend to show signs within the hour. Both dogs & cats when bitten can sometimes collapse and then appear to recover but urgent treatment is still required.

The main early signs include:

  • Salivation (drooling)
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Hind limb weakness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Depression

What you can do to help your pet survive a snake bite?
Even if you only suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake you should seek veterinary attention immediately. It is better that your pet is checked over rather than wait and be sorry.

  • KEEP CALM
  • If your pet has been bitten on the neck remove his collar
  • Keep your pet as STILL AS POSSIBLE - this is critical to help reduce movement of the venom around the body
  • Try to keep the bite site below the level of the heart
  • DO NOT attempt treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, vitamin c "antidote", alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom in place of getting your pet to the vet - they are a waste of precious time

And finally... You should never attempt to kill, handle or capture the snake! If you need a snake removed from your premises, please contact Snake Catchers Adelaide on 0413 511 440.