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Your pet will be hospitalized for a minimum of 48 hours. The good news is that there is specific antivenom available. Do not try to treat your dog by yourself. If the bite is on a limb, you can tie a tourniquet around the limb above the bite, to slow the venom’s progress to the trunk of the body, but the most effective thing you can do is rapid transport to a veterinary facility (do not leave the tourniquet on the limb for a long period, as it will cut blood flow from the limb, causing further complications). If you know your pet has been bitten, do not wait for symptoms to initiate treatment. Once paralysis of the breathing muscles has taken place, your dog will be at risk of shock and even death. Snakebites are also at risk of infection, warranting antibiotics to prevent infection, and sterile dressings applied to the wound.
The symptoms may last for a week or a week-and-a-half. Full recovery may take months as receptors regenerate.
A type of band that is used to assist in the drawing of blood or to stop bleeding
The term used for the area of the animal’s face that has the nose and jaws
To mechanically introduce a substance into a living thing