Dog Emergency Snake Bite in Prosper, TX
Dog Snake Bite Emergency Clinic
We all hope our dog never gets into a tussle with a snake. But, living in Texas means snake bites are a real danger. If you reside in the Prosper area and suspect your dog has been bitten, McKinney Emergency Veterinary Clinic provides emergency snake bite treatment for your dog.
How Can I Tell if My Dog Has a Snake Bite?
You may see your dog get bitten by a snake. But, if you don't see your dog being bitten, you may notice symptoms or obvious bite marks.
The most common symptoms are bleeding, swelling, pain, and visible puncture wounds at the site of the bite. Other more serious symptoms may include:
- Black tissue and necrosis
- Difficulty breathing
- Pale gums
- Rapid heartbeat
- Weakness or collapse
What Should I Do if My Dog Is Bitten?
If you know or suspect a snake has bitten your dog, you should head to our clinic immediately and follow these steps:
- If possible, be prepared to describe the snake to the veterinarian. Take a photo if you can, but do not try to catch or kill the snake.
- Keep calm. Your dog can sense your stress.
- Keep the bite below heart level and keep your dog as still as possible to slow the spread of venom. If possible, carry your dog rather than letting your dog walk.
- Muzzle your dog to prevent being bitten. Dogs can sometimes try to bite when they are in pain.
- Remove your dog's collar or harness in case there is swelling. If your dog stops breathing, call us at 469-820-0233 for instructions on how to give your dog rescue breathing.
How Are Dog Snake Bites Treated?
Once you arrive at our clinic, we will examine your dog to determine if your dog needs antivenin treatment. If a nonvenomous snake bit your dog, we will clean and disinfect the wound to prevent infection.
If a venomous snake bit your dog, we will administer an antivenom treatment. We'll monitor your dog until we're comfortable your furry friend is ready to go home.
How Can I Prevent My Dog From Getting Bitten?
The best way to avoid your dog getting bitten is to keep your dog on a leash in areas where snakes might be found, like tall grasses, bushes, and woodpiles. Also, keep the grass and bushes in your yard short and trimmed, so snakes don't hang out there.
How To Find Emergency Dog Snake Bite Treatment Near Me
Even when you take precautions, playful dogs can get into trouble. If you live in Prosper, TX, and need emergency snake bite treatment for your dog, call McKinney Emergency Veterinary Clinic at 469-820-0233 or come straight to our clinic.