If a dog is bitten by a venomous snake, symptoms may include swelling, pain, lethargy, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, the venom can lead to paralysis and organ failure but quite often be fatal.
The types of snakes and their venom vary across different regions of Australia, so it’s important to be aware of the local species and their habitats. Dogs are often curious and may inadvertently encounter snakes while exploring outdoor areas.
If your dog is suspected of being bitten by a snake, it is crucial to seek veterinary assistance promptly. Please Note: Pet Doctor no longer carries anti-venom so please contact either the Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre on (08) 8371 0333 where their Veterinarians are equipped to administer antivenom and provide supportive care to counteract the effects of the venom. As with any snake bite, avoid attempting to suck out the venom or applying a tourniquet, as these actions can do more harm than good.