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Snake Bite in Dogs Snake Bite in Cats

Snake Bite in Dogs and CatsPet supplements for snake bites in dogs and cats.

Herbal and marine nutrition to help reduce the effects of a snake bite in dogs and cats.

The heart is at the center of the cardiovascular system providing nutritional support to the cardiovascular system and other organs including the liver, kidneys, and digestive system, supporting optimal cardiac function and muscle cell healing and regeneration.

Our curious pets have natural hunting instincts, and as result, it’s not surprising they cross paths with a snake. As the weather warms, snakes come out of hibernation, and summertime is when most snake bites occur. Snake bites tend to occur on an animal’s head or neck. Bites involving the trunk of the body have a poorer prognosis.

Snake bites are a fact of life for dogs and some cats. Of the over 8,000 venomous bites reported annually, on average only 12 are fatal. Snake bites may affect one or more body systems including the cardiopulmonary system, the nervous system, or the coagulation system. Pain, swelling and bruising at the bite side will be minimal, if the snake is not poisonous or the venom was not injected.

Signs and symptoms of snake bite:

One, two or several puncture wounds

Bleeding

Bruising

Inflammation

Immediate and painful swelling at bite site

Tissue necrosis

Pain

Cell Death

Numbness

Diminished function

Damage to blood vessel lining

Clotting defects

Localized tissue destruction

Loss of limb

Severe snake bite signs include:

Hypotension

Shock

Lethargy

Weakness

Muscle tremors

Nausea

Vomiting

Neurological damage such as depressed respiration

In case your pet is bitten by a snake, you should seek immediate veterinary attention. Restrict movement of your pet and loosely immobilize the limb if bitten on an extremity. Do not incise the bite wound to aspirate the venom, suck out the venom, do not apply a tourniquet and not apply ice without a veterinary assistance.

The odds are in favor that your pet will make a complete recovery. The degree of damage is determined by a wide variety of variables, including the age, species of snake, the intensity and depth of the fang penetration, the amount of venom injected the location of the bite, and the size of the bitten animal. Remember the snake’s appearance, including color, shape and size of the snake.

Types of snakes:

Copperheads have an average adult size of 22-36 inches; have been reported to reach up to 53 inches long. Range: Northern Florida up to Massachusetts, west to Texas and southeastern Nebraska.

Cottonmouths (Water Moccasin) have an average adult size of 20-48 inches but over 70 inches has been reported. Range: From Florida all the way north to Virginia and west to Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes have an average adult size of 36-72 inches; the longest reported was 96 inches. Range: All through Florida and several offshore islands and keys, north to southeastern North Carolina and west to southern Mississippi and parts of Louisiana.

Timber Rattlesnakes have an average adult size of 36-60 inches; timber rattlesnakes over 70 inches have been reported. Range: This is endangered specie; its range is limited to small areas of the eastern U.S.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnakes have an average adult size of 12-24 inches; the longest was recorded at 31 inches. Range: Throughout Florida, eastern North Carolina and west to parts of Missouri and Texas.

Eastern Coral Snakes have an average adult size of 20-30 inches; some exceed 40 inches. Range: All of Florida and north to parts of North Carolina and west to eastern Texas and northeastern Mexico.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce and limit symptoms and effects of snake bite in dogs and cats by supporting heart, circulatory, central nervous system, liver and kidney and other organ support, with anti-viral and anti-venim plant chemicals which may help reduce the effects of the venom; as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.  

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency. In traditional medical systems, Chanca Piedra is used as an anti-venom support.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones;helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans. Extracts of Annatto Bixa orellana found in Yummy Tummy are reported to inhibit edema due to venom and may help decrease edema formation related to snake bite.

Shake Ur Groove Thing(learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, includingpesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Conventional Remedies:

Take your pet immediately to a vet. Do not attempt to remove venom by knife, suck the venom or try to kill the snake. Try to identify the snake by its size, color patterns and presence or absence of a tail. 

Identify your pet for fang/puncture marks. If bitten on a leg, wrap a constricting band on the affected limb just above the bite wound. The band should be tight but not excessively tight. Compression around the limb will slow the spread of the venom.

All snake bite victims should be observed for a minimum of 12-24 hours even when there are no clinical signs. If clinical signs are present the length of observation is increased to 48-72 hours as damage to organs may not appear immediately.

Your vet may administer anti-venin, which is a serum that is commercially produced to neutralize the effects of the injected venom. A specific antibody is produced for each type of snake.

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