Snakebites in Dogs

The signs of snakebite vary depending on factors such as type of venom, location of bite and amount of venom injected. Dogs are more commonly bitten on the face or jaw.

Signs may include:

  • Unsteadiness, hind leg weakness, dilated pupils and worsening paralysis
  • Sudden weakness followed by collapse.
  • Respiratory distress Shaking or twitching of the muscles and difficulty blinking.
  • Vomiting.
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Coma
  • Blood in urine
  • Death can occur within 2 hours of snakebite,

Just a warning with Black snakes that sometimes symptoms do not show for 24 hours. If there is a possibility your pet may have been bitten please contact us immediately. Unfortunately, being bitten previously does not give your pet any immunity to further bites nor deter them from being inquisitive. First aid includes keeping your pet quiet. Carry your pet rather than let it walk to avoid speeding the spread of the snake venom. Contact us as soon as you suspect your pet may have been bitten.


Finally, if your pet has been bitten by a snake or has been badly injured please get someone to phone ahead to let us know you are on your way. Then we can make sure we have a vet and any equipment or drugs ready to make treatment quicker and less stressful for all concerned.