Experts warn of snake dangers for pets

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Going out to check your garden might put you in direct contact with snakes.

If you find them in your backyard, you can bet that your pets will too.

Experts say snake breeding season is in full force. Veterinarians advise that if your animal does get bit, you should bring it to a clinic as soon as possible.

Dr. Dave Altman, a veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Onslow County, describes some of the symptoms you may notice in your pet.

“Salivating like crazy, vomiting, collapsing. You see what they call petechial hemorrhages on their gums and mucous membranes have little blotches, there’s a problem,” explained Dr. Altman.

Snake bites tend to be on the paws or face. Dr. Altman says typical treatment requires a series of antibiotics and close observation.

Anti-venom isn’t needed unless the animal is bit on the neck.

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