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Snake bite 12 year old female lab. Dacoda

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Snake bite 12 year...

Snake bite 12 year old female lab

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name?

Dacoda

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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5/28/2018
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I am sorry to hear about Dacoda getting bitten by a snake. What kind of snake? Poisonous snake?

There is anti venom for some types of snake bite.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
rattle snake
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

The best thing is to get to a vet for the anti venom treatment. In my experience, many dogs do survive rattlesnake bites, but the anti venom shortens the course and does sometimes save lives.

The main treatment in addition to anti venom is pain medication (but not aspirin), and monitoring for abnormal blood clotting.

Where on her body was she bitten? Is she getting swollen? Sometimes rattlesnakes will "dry bite"

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

If there is no swelling, she may have not gotten venom.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Bit yesterday much swelling
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

If there is swelling, she got venom. The best way to know if she is getting better or worse would be blood tests. If her blood is clotting too slowly, the venom is still working.

Is she eating, and drinking?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I have seen a dog die 2 days after a snake bite, but the long she survives, the better. There is not much you can do at home. Benadryl is not helpful against venom. Aspirin would be dangerous to give.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Drinking
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I am sorry but I can't make calls for the website. Good she is drinking; will she eat? If not, try offering broth to get some nutrition into her.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Please let me know what other questions you have.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I hope she is doing better soon. Please send me a note here to let me know how she is doing.

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Kindly consider rating my answer, to let the website know I am answering your question. You can still get back to me with updates, and questions, after rating.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

How is she today?

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