Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

Categories: Dog Health Care, Featured, Vet Tips

It’s that time of year again. When reptiles begin to be very active including snakes. Here in Oklahoma we have a lot of snakes that can cause harm to you or your pets. If you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a snake, get them to your vets in Tulsa as soon as possible.

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
Monday, March 3, 2014

HealthDay News

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As temperatures rise and spring rains fall, snakes in the U.S. Southwest — including venomous snakes — leave their winter hideouts and become more active. That puts people and their pets at greater risk for painful snakebites, a veterinarian says.

“This is the time of year when all reptiles become more active. Even water turtles begin to shed their scutes for the shiny new ones underneath,” said Dr. Jill Heatley.

“I spoke with one of our emergency room doctors the other day and said to be sure and tell pet owners that dogs and cats are likely to encounter snakes this time of year,” Heatley, associate professor of veterinary medicine in the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said in a university news release. “If you believe your pet has been bitten, you need to seek veterinary care and the doctor can determine what kind of treatment is necessary.”

While dogs are typically bitten on their face or nose, cats are often struck on their paws. Heatley warned pet owners that snakebites require prompt medical attention since snake venom can spread quickly and result in kidney failure within 24 hours.

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