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#1 Marsha Cassada

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 01:13 PM

Working in my flower bed this morning and my rat terrier yelps.  Lots of wasps right now and they are sort of aggressive, so that is what I figured it was.  But there were two little drops of blood--fang length apart--on his nose.  It didn't swell much at first, but it got worse so I took him to the vet.  Looked all around for a snake, but never saw one.  Vet said there was definite venom sign, bruising inside the lip and hemorrhaging.  They wanted to keep him; give him a steroid and antibiotic shot.  I believe it was a copperhead.  They are more likely to hide than a rattlesnake.  And there was a very unpleasant odor; internet says that is something copperheads do.   Hopefully they will call me later to pick him up, or they may keep him overnight.  Poor little guy. 

 

 



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:34 PM

Prayers for a speedy recovery for your pup.
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:44 PM

Ohhh no , I hope he is back home with you soon. Poor little guy, glad you noticed the bite marks before the venom had a chance to do anything.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

They kept him overnight.  After the steroid shot, the swelling didn't get worse, but it didn't go down either.  They want to give him another in the morning and watch him. I keep looking for the snake, but haven't seen it yet.  Everything is rather lush due to the recent rains.  I don't know whether it would go into my water  garden or not.



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:05 PM

Poor fella, he has been on my mind all day, since I read your first post. I was hoping he would be home with you tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed that he will be as good as new ASAP.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

Sounds like the best place for him till they can get him back to 100%.

 

Do you get many snakes Marsha ?


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

We do have copperheads here occasionally, but rattlesnakes are the most troublesome.  We have other snakes, too, but they are harmless. Pink racers, coachwhip, gopher snake, bull snake, garter snake... This is the time of year when rattlesnakes begin to move back to their dens, so we keep watchful.  Copperheads are hard to see and shy, so we don't see them much.  We have only seen two rattlesnakes so far this year.  Haven't seen a copperhead in several years.



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:28 AM

Swelling had worsened with Buddy in the night so they are going to give him antivenom today.  Vet said there should be positive results within a few hours after that.  They are keeping him another night.  They were not sure whether to give the antivenom yesterday, I suppose, since I could not identify the snake, but they found out it can be used for copperheads also.  They are both pit vipers so I guess their venom works the same.  Those are the only poisonous snakes here.   The antivenom is $250.  Poor little guy.  He's a house dog, for pete's sake.  He only goes outside if I am out there, and I was just a few feet away when he was bitten.  We look for the snake every time we go out.  Internet says they are ambushers.  They don't hunt, they lay in ambush for prey.  They bite, then wait for prey to die before devouring.  I guess Buddy's little black nose looked like something to eat. 



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

Oh I am sorry to hear that! How long does it take for the anti venom to start to work? We don't have poisonous snakes around here except for one small region that has rattlers. We do have a plethora of garden snakes!though.

Keeping Buddy in my thoughts and prayers.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

Oh poor buddy , i hope the antivenom does the trick and he is back home with you soon.

 

The snakes we have at home are all poisonous

Red belly Black

Tiger Snake

Copperhead

Brown Snake

King Brown ( which is usually up higher north)

 

Im very much an "animal" lover but not snakes, I just cant warm to them, so to speak.


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