How To Treat A Snake Bite
|If it appears your dog has been bitten by a poisonous snake, proceed as follows:|
1.) Snake bites are extremely painful. Restrain the dog.
2.) Apply a flat tourniquet above the bite. It should be tight enough to keep venous blood from returning to the heart.
3.) Using a knife or a razor blade, make parallel cuts one-quarter inch deep through the fang marks. On a leg, make them up and down. Blood should ooze from the wound. If not, loosen the tourniquet.
4.) Apply mouth suction unless you have a cut or open sore in your mouth. Spit out the blood. If poison is swallowed, the stomach will inactivate it. Continue for thirty minutes.
5.) Loosen the tourniquet for thirty seconds every half hour.
6.) Keep the dog quiet. Excitement and struggling increase the rate of absorption. Carry your dog to the veterinarian.
Specific anti-venoms are available through a veterinarian. Snake bites will become infected. Antibiotics and dressings are necessary.
Remember, this information is for reference only. Always contact your vet or pet profesional for advice.
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