Creek View Veterinary Clinic is pleased to present our Featured Pet of the Month, Rufus!
Rufus Elliot came into Creek View Veterinary Clinic on April 19, 2018 for what was thought to be a laceration on his nose. However, Rufus’s situation was more severe than initially suspected. During the examination, Dr. Doherty noticed the laceration was actually two puncture marks and the swelling was increasing by the minute, which correlated with a venomous snake bite.
We quickly brought Rufus to the treatment area and started him on IV fluids and Antivenom. With additional treatment and monitoring by Dr. Doherty and the technicians, he started to improve and was ready to go home after two days. We are happy to announce that Rufus is doing great!
However, not all snake bite victims are so lucky. This goes to show that a very observant owner, who took action immediately, can really help in similar situations.
We offer the Snake Bite Vaccination and strongly recommend it for dogs who may be more susceptible to snake encounters due to their lifestyle. While having the vaccine doesn’t mean your dog won’t need medical attention if bitten, it does drastically increase their odds of survival and help slow down the effects of envenomation. Some symptoms of venomous snake bites include shaking and tremors, excessive salivation, tissue damage, discoloration and bleeding from wound site, vomiting, blood in urine, altered mental status, loss of bodily movements, limb weakness, and collapse. So please keep your pet vaccinated and seek immediate medical attention if your furry little friend happens to fall victim to a possible venomous snake bite!