Features May 2015 Issue

How to Prevent or Treat Bites from Poisonous Snakes

There are more than a dozen species of rattlesnakes, and several other pit viper species in North America; in fact, only four of the United States are free of venomous snakes (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and Rhode Island). This is a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)

How to Prevent or Treat Bites from Poisonous Snakes

Few medical emergencies are as terrifying as snakebites. They happen fast and they’re dangerous. Will your dog survive? Knowing what to do and acting immediately can save your pet’s life.

Thousands of dogs are bitten in the U.S. each year by venomous snakes. Ninety-nine percent of the snakes that bite them are pit vipers, whose Crotalidae family includes Copperheads, Cottonmouths (Water Moccasins), and more than a dozen species of rattlesnake. The remaining one percent are Coral snakes, native to the American Southeast and Mexican border.

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