Snake Bit

Snake Bit

Lizzy got to poking around in the creek and found a copperhead. She’s very swollen on her muzzle and tender, but her airway is clear. I loosened her collar and gave her some benadryl. Maybe she won’t be flipping flat rocks over anymore.

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8 Comments

  1. Ed said,

    April 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I certainly wouldn’t be flipping flat rocks over if I got bitten in the nose by a copperhead!

  2. Woody said,

    April 20, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    I bet she’s back at it before sunset.

  3. April 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    I hope she is going to have a full recovery, she is such a pretty dog. Copperheads are nothing to play around with. If she was a smaller dog the bite could have been fatal.

  4. Woody said,

    April 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    She’s fine. It will knock them down for a bit but they seem to recover well. This is our third snake/dog incident. I think the most important part about her particular bite location was insuring her airway. They are amazingly resilient.

  5. Annie said,

    April 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I’ve also heard old timers say you can feed them straight bacon grease for snake bites. Somehow this helps move the toxins out of their body. Idk.

    • Woody said,

      April 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      I’m sure she wouldn’t have any problem with wanting to down the bacon grease. It sure would slick her up.

  6. scmtngirl said,

    April 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Now that spring is in full force, I worry constantly about one of our dogs encountering a copperhead. I thought it was pretty much fatal if they got bitten, but apparently it’s not? I’m curious to know more about how you go about treating a dog that has been bitten. Our St. Bernard is 175 lbs., but our two brother/sister mutts are only about 40 and 50 lbs., respectively.

    • Woody said,

      April 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Not fatal but very uncomfortable and painful. Our vet recommends benardyl and rest. The rest comes pretty easy given they don’t feel like doing a damn thing anyway. It hurts a lot! I was bitten on the hand years ago and I can tell you that their bite is very painful. It made me sick to my stomach too, but I don’t know if that was the venom or just a reaction to the pain in the bite area. A large dog should be fine, but I’m no expert.


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