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When a snake bites your dog or cat

Saturday, March 31, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Venomous snakes such as Rattlesnakes and Watermoccasins are very common across the southwest and southeast. Thousands of pets are bitten every year, especially in out of the way dry, rocky or swamp areas. Signs of a snake bite include rapid swelling near the site of the bite, often on the animals head or face. Fang marks in the middle of the swelling area, oozing of bloody fluid,  acute pain, lethargy, weakness and in some cases, total collapse. Venom potency varies from species to species and many bites are not fatal. Even so, venom can cause great harm to bodily systems. Any animal bitten by a poisonous snake should be rushed to an animal clinic as quickly as possible.

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