Snake Bites And Dogs
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Average adult size is 36-72 inches; the longest reported was 96 inches.
Average adult size is 36-60 inches; timber rattlesnakes over 70 inches have been reported.
Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
Average adult size is 12-24 inches; the longest was recorded at 31 inches.
Eastern Coral Snake
Average adult size is 20-30 inches; some exceed 40 inches.
Fortunately, if your dog happens to be bitten by a poisonous snake the odds are in favor of a complete recovery. The degree of damage inflicted by a venomous snake is determined by a wide variety of variables. The age and species of snake, the intensity and depth of the fang penetration, the amount of venom injected, the location of the bite, and the size of the dog are just a few of the variables.
In general, snakes want to be left alone. But along comes an inquisitive dog probing every mysterious hole in the ground, sniffing under downed logs, slogging along the riverbank, and digging up leafy patches on the forest floor -- a lightening strike of the serpentine kind may be the result!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO in the event a snake bites your dog?
First, let me tell you what not to do. Do not take out your pocketknife and cut Xs over the fang marks! Do not attempt to suck venom through those X marks. Do not grab the snake in a fit of anger and attempt to choke it to death. You may be bitten yourself.
Instead, you should:
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