Veterinarian Issues Warning About Keeping Pets Safe From Snakes This Summer

Summertime is a favorite of many people and pets, but there are always a few things to be mindful of as you get ready for warm weather fun. For example, dehydration and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated. Some dangers, though, can strike even more suddenly.

That’s why WFMY News spoke with Dr. Kelley Gebhardt of Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic about the hidden danger of snakes. These reptiles can be found in all 50 states, although knowing a few important facts can lessen the likelihood of a fatal snake encounter for you and your pet.

In my opinion, this is the kind of information every pet parent should know. Whether you keep a video bookmarked on your phone or memorize the facts yourself, having these handy details could be the difference between life and death.

As Dr. Gebhardt explained, most snake bites occur between the months of March and October, ‘when snakes are most active.” You can reduce your risk of running into one by staying on marked paths in parks and on trails, though you should always be aware of your surroundings.

The veterinarian also encourages pet owners to clear woodpiles, underbrush, and other tall grasses where snakes might hide. Keeping rodents out will also help by not enticing the creatures into your yard in the first place. Even if you try your hardest, though–be aware that snakes like to hide and burrow in many places.

WFMY explains, “A snake bite is always an emergency and can be fatal if not treated immediately.” If you’re able to see the species of snake or any details about it (color, markings, etc.) this could help your treatment, but don’t go out of your way to find or capture the animal post-bite. Instead, get yourself or your pet medical care ASAP.

“Do not use cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleed the wound or try to suck out the venom,” says the news site. Keep yourself or your fur baby calm as you get help, and take off anything that might be restricting the area (dog’s collar, tight socks, etc.).

With just a little more research, you’ll be well-prepared just in case of a snake encounter. Still, we hope you never need to use it!

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