Oklahomans warned to keep eye out for snakes

It’s the time of year when snakes get more active. If you have pets in your yard, it is something to keep an eye on. KOCO 5 spoke with a local veterinarian about what to do if your pet is bitten.The staff at Neels Veterinary Hospital have seen the scenario a lot recently, with several dogs hospitalized in the last two weeks that were bit by copperheads.”Most of the pets that we see that get snake bit and have envenomation from the snake, have been east of I-35,” said Sherrie Hodgson, veterinarian. For instance, the animal could be bitten in the face.”Then you get a problem with facial swelling and is that going to affect the airways and will they be able to breathe. That’s more of a concern for the short term than it is if they are bitten on the legs,” Hodgson said. The first time a dog is bitten may not be that serious but it’s important to watch out if it happens again.”You get sensitized to that venom, and you can have much worse side effects and complications if they have been bitten more than once,” Hodgson said. If your dog is bit by a snake, take them to the vet as soon as possible but luckily, snake bites are usually treatable.”At the very least, they’ ll get pain medication and maybe antibiotics, sometimes they definitely need to be hospitalized,” Hodgson said. The vet said as the weather continues to warm up, snake activity goes up too.

It’s the time of year when snakes get more active.

If you have pets in your yard, it is something to keep an eye on. KOCO 5 spoke with a local veterinarian about what to do if your pet is bitten.

The staff at Neels Veterinary Hospital have seen the scenario a lot recently, with several dogs hospitalized in the last two weeks that were bit by copperheads.

“Most of the pets that we see that get snake bit and have envenomation from the snake, have been east of I-35,” said Sherrie Hodgson, veterinarian.

The veterinarian said not all snake bites are the same and it depends on where the animal was bitten. For instance, the animal could be bitten in the face.

“Then you get a problem with facial swelling and is that going to affect the airways and will they be able to breathe. That’s more of a concern for the short term than it is if they are bitten on the legs,” Hodgson said.

The first time a dog is bitten may not be that serious but it’s important to watch out if it happens again.

“You get sensitized to that venom, and you can have much worse side effects and complications if they have been bitten more than once,” Hodgson said.

If your dog is bit by a snake, take them to the vet as soon as possible but luckily, snake bites are usually treatable.

“At the very least, they’ll get pain medication and maybe antibiotics, sometimes they definitely need to be hospitalized,” Hodgson said.

The vet said as the weather continues to warm up, snake activity goes up too.

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