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Ask your veterinarian: don’t do this! If your dog gets a snake, 4 things you shouldn’t do!

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Ask your veterinarian: don't do this! If your dog gets a snake, 4 things you shouldn't do!

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There are poisonous snakes there, and your dog is a curious character. Let’s face it, he will only get in trouble and stop a snake. If you suspect that your dog was bitten by a snake, here are some important things you should not do.

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  1. Never risk alone. It is important to try to identify the snake, but not if it puts you in a dangerous position. After all, if you are also bitten, who will take care of your dog?
  2. Never install a revolving door. In the past, we were taught to try to seal the area to prevent the poison from spreading. Today, it is believed that stress can cause tissue damage, increase pain and slow healing. It is best to keep your dog as quiet as possible to slow down the poison in this way.
  3. Never try to suck or squeeze poison. This is another old school advice that is outdated. The act of cutting, sucking or squeezing will further damage the tissue and will definitely scare your dog.
  4. Never try to control a poisonous snake bite without the help of a veterinarian.These toxins have evolved into effective killers. They have different mechanisms, but all poisons are for killing people. Even if your dog does not receive a lethal dose, the toxin can cause pain and be life-threatening. When watching and waiting is a good idea, this is not the case.

If you hear a dog screaming in pain and surprise while investigating grass or leaves, you may have been bitten by a snake. When the black bloody fluid oozes, you can usually see obvious stab wounds. He seemed to be in pain, maybe still in shock. Don’t delay. Take it to the nearest animal emergency room as soon as possible for safe transportation. Test whether everyone around you saw the snake and tell the veterinarian to suspect. It is a good idea to know what types of snakes are prevalent in the areas you frequently visit. If possible, keep your dog on a leash and make sure he doesn’t put his nose where you can’t see it. Snakes are scary, but we are people roaming in the backyard. Sometimes the most important part is knowing what not to do!

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