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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our labordor retriever just came in from outside and her

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Our labordor retriever just came in from outside and her face is swollen three times its size. there appears to be a single puncture wound just below the right eye with a smll amount of secretion light red in color oozzing from the puncture. No other wounds are apparent.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Do you live where we need to be concerned about a snake bite? This is the appearance of a dog whom was envenomated by a viper (crotalid/rattlesnake).

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
we live in a rural area of Florida where rattle snakes are common - we had a dog with this same symtom several years ago and the diagnoses was a rattlesnake bite!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Ouch! This is important: All animals that are bitten by a snake, regardless of their apparent hemodynamic stability, should be hospitalized for a minimum of 8 hours to assess for clinical signs that may first manifest during this period. IV fluid therapy is the first line of therapy to treat hypotension or hypovolemic shock. Antivenin should be administered immediately; increased survival is seen when given closer to the time of bite but beneficial effects are noted for at least 60 hours after envenomation. There's nothing of value that can be done at home for these dogs.