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During the month of August it seems our hibernating wildlife came out to enjoy the sunshine. 6 year old Jack Russell Ted, saw this as an opportunity to play, yet unfortunately both the snake and Ted found himself themselves injured after the altercation. Due to the fact this snake was a large venomous eastern brown, Ted suddenly collapsed which is a typical sign that he had been bitten. Thankfully Ted’s owners were there to witness the experience and sought veterinary attention immediately.
On presentation to the clinic the case vet could visually see several bite marks to his face, which were actively bleeding and swelling. When a snake bites an animal it injects venom which carries a large range of toxins that damage the tissue and impair many of the body’s vital functions; attacking the nervous system and interfering with the bodies clotting mechanisms, treatment is vital for survival.
Once the snake was identified as an eastern brown, treatment was commenced straightaway, this entailed intravenous fluids, and medication to minimize the risk of anaphylactic reaction to the crucial antivenin which was needed. The case vet and nursing team closely monitored Ted throughout his treatment. After 3 vials of antivenin Ted was still critical however his clinical signs were stable. The active bleeding had become controlled and his blood cells were monitored closely whilst he was provided supportive care. Slowly each day we were happy to find the tissue swelling was reducing, his red blood cells were regenerating and Ted was returning to regular dog behavior.
We are thrilled to report that after 6 days in hospital Ted has been returned home to his loving owners for some rest and well deserved TLC. Ted is the proud recipient of this months bravery award, thanks for the memories Ted!
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