Dog holding snake in mouth
In Australia, there are several venomous snakes that pose a threat to dogs, including the Eastern Brown Snake, Tiger Snake, Red-bellied Black Snake, and others. The effects of a snake bite on a dog can be severe, and immediate veterinary attention is essential. You can contact the emergency vet centre here.

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.

Prevention is key in snake-prone areas, and dog owners should be vigilant when walking their dogs, especially in bushland or grassy areas where snakes may be present. Keeping dogs on leashes and avoiding areas with known snake activity can help reduce the risk of snake bites
Dog holding snake in mouth