Vet treating more snake bites, urges caution

Published 2:25 am Saturday, August 22, 2015

One local veterinarian is warning pet owners to be on the lookout for snakes crawling.

Dr. Toby Atkinson, owner of Andalusia Animal Clinic, said snakes are on the crawl.

“We expect them to remain active for the next two to six weeks,” he said. “We’ve seen an abundance of snake bite victims over the past two weeks, and we want to take this opportunity to remind you to be cautious and aware, not only for your own safety, but for your four-legged companion as well.”

According to statistics, more than one million animal-bite wounds are reported annually in the United States. Dogs and cats constitute the majority of those.

The clinic offered several tips to lessen the possibility:

• Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, overgrowth, toys and tools. These places make perfect hiding spots for snakes.

• Keep you pet on a leash while walking him.

• Try to limit your pet’s exposure to tall grass, bushes, large rocks and woods.

What to look for?

• Snake bits can cause swelling, bruising and sometimes bleeding.

• If bitten on the limbs, you may observe your pet limping.

• The bite may be extremely painful and can often become infected if not treated.

If you pet has been bitten or you suspect that has occurred, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.