Snake Season Is Around The Corner - How Can You Protect Your Dog?

Snake Season Is Around The Corner - How Can You Protect Your Dog?

Fall is the time baby snakes come out to slither around and chances are high that either you or your dog would come across one (or more). While there’s nothing to be afraid of, you should know what to do if your dog gets bitten by snakes, especially venomous ones.

Caroline Seitz of Reptiles Alive says that dogs must be kept on a leash when parents take them out for walks and if they see a snake, they should leave them alone. “Don’t let him go after the snake. Don’t let him bother the snake,” adds Seitz. This is why commands such as “come” and “drop it” are important to teach your dogs, especially during snake season, because dogs are likely to chase after them.

If your dog does get bitten by a snake, take them to the vet immediately and, if possible, take a photo of the snake that bit your dog for the vet to identify it and give necessary treatment. If a dog’s bitten by a snake:

  1. The area will swell,
  2. Your dog will experience heavy panting
  3. Start showing abnormal behavior and symptoms

To avoid your yard from becoming snake-infested here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure your grass isn’t over four inches tall,
  2. Keep your yard clear of debris and dirt,
  3. Trim your bushes so they’re almost transparent to the naked eye.

Seitz adds, “If you can see every inch of your yard, then snakes won’t live there. They won’t stay in a place where they can’t hide.

How do you keep your dogs from getting bitten by snakes? Let us know in the comments below!

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