Dog Snake Bite Emergency Care Procedures

Dog snake bite emergencies are more common in southern and western states, but the danger is present anywhere there are snakes.

Most snake bites occur in and around your dog's head. Look for small puncture wounds, bleeding, swelling and pain.

If a snake has bitten your dog, take the following steps immediately:

  • Try to identify the snake, but do not spend too much time looking for the snake. Your dog's health is the priority.
  • Keep your dog as quiet as possible to minimize heart rate and reduce the spread of venom through the body.
  • Contact your veterinarian immediately. Snake bites are a medical emergency. Be prepared to give as much information as possible including a description of the snake, location and number of bites and your dog's general condition including heart and breathing rate. This will help your doctor prepare antivenin and any dog medication that may be needed.
  • Do not attempt to incise and aspirate a snake bite and do not apply a tourniquet without a veterinarian's advice.

Snake Bite Aftercare

  • Snake bites can cause tissue necrosis at the site where the snake bit your dog. Infection is a risk and is treated with antibiotic therapy as needed.
  • Do not hesitate to seek veterinary help. Fast treatment will ensure the best outcome for your dog.