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Protecting Your Dog From Snakebites
September 21, 2021
International Snakebite Awareness Day is September 19th. We definitely have our fair share of snakes here in the Lone Star State. Texas is home to a whopping 15 different venomous snakes! A Lewisville, TX vet offers some advice on this below.

No Snakes Allowed

There are a few things you can do to make your place less welcoming to snakes. Plug any holes that could look welcoming to snakes, including spaces under garages and sheds. You can use screens for things like drainage pipes. Putting a four-foot fence along your property will also help keep danger noodles out. Another thing that is important is picking up any fallen produce from gardens or fruit trees. This can attract rats, which will in turn attract snakes. Finally, keep your grass mowed and remove piles of debris, such as branches or old tires, that could offer snakes comfy hiding spots.

Be Careful at Night

Most snakes are actually quite timid, and won’t attack unless provoked. However, it’s probably safe to say that accidentally stepping on or near one would fall under provocation in snake law. Pay attention to where you (and your pet) are walking. You’ll want to be extra careful at night. Consider taking a flashlight, or getting a leash with one built in.

Petucation

We can’t overstate how important it is to make sure that your furry pal is properly trained. The commands for Come, Stay, and Leave It can come in very handy if you encounter a snake, and can even save Fido’s life!

Leashes

You’ve probably noticed that Fido has a habit of sticking his cute little nose in all sorts of things, from bushes to nooks and crannies to brush piles. This can definitely backfire! Keep your pup away from potential hazards, and don’t let him run around off-leash.

Consider A Vaccine

There are rattlesnake vaccines available for dogs. However, they won’t work against all types of venom, and they aren’t one-and-done shots. If you know or suspect that there’s a high likelihood of Fido encountering a nope rope, ask your vet for more information.

Act Fast

Hopefully this goes without saying, but if Fido does get bit, you’ll need to get him to the vet immediately. Quick treatment is extremely important with snakebites! Contact us, your local Lewisville, TX animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you! As your feline friend ages, she may have trouble jumping up onto your bed and/or reaching her favorite perching spots. She’ll therefore be at higher risk of falling, missing her target, or getting stuck. Get some pet stairs, or set out footstools for her to use as steps. Visit The Vet Protecting Fluffy doesn’t just mean preventing falls, slips, and injuries. You also need to protect her overall health! The best way to do that is to bring your furball into the vet regularly, so her health—and any changes to it—can be closely monitored. Senior cats need to come in a bit more often than their younger counterparts. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also need to watch for signs of sickness, such as hiding, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues. Provide Hiding Spots Offer Fluffy some hiding spots to retreat to if she feels scared or just wants privacy. This one is especially important for those who have other pets that are stronger and younger, and may try to bully an older kitty. Consider Boarding It’s not uncommon for people to leave their kitties home for a few days when they go out of town. Older cats really are better off under professional, supervised care. Better safe than sorry! Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX animal clinic, today!
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