Snakebite! Part 2

Here’s our snake-bit girl today!

Walkin' and waggin'!

She dropped in for a quick visit, along with her brother who saved her life.  He’s a bit camera-shy.

"Shucks, ma'am, it weren't nothin'."

 She’s having fatigue issues, along with vision impairment.  Her owner says she can’t see small things like twigs, and sometimes gets tangled up in vines in the garden.  She has learned to follow her brother, who keeps her safe.

She might never be back to her old self, but it was absolutely amazing to see the progress she’s made in 1 week.  A local herpetologist says the puncture wounds indicate the snake could have been a canebrake rattler, as long as four feet. 

Why have I never seen snakes here at the plantation?  Not complaining.

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4 Responses to “Snakebite! Part 2”

  1. Leo Says:

    Back in the late 60s I had a female beagle get bit by a rattler in the front shoulder. I did nothing but keep her comfortable. She wouldn’t, or didn’t, eat while the leg swelled grotesquely. After several days she slowly became better, and after a week to ten days she was completely back to normal. I would guess that recovery rate, and totality, would be muchly affected by the amount of toxin injected, as well as the size of the dog. I’ve no idea if breed type would affect a bite’s damage.

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      It’s been interesting for me to learn that you don’t automatically die from snakebite. But I’m still not interested in being snakebit.

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  2. mkb623 Says:

    I realize this is an old post, however, it made me curious. I believe my dog got snake bit some time ago. He is some sort of cocker mix. I have read that it would not cause blindness but I too believe he now has vision impairment. For instance, my husband can walk up through the yard and if he has something on his head or anything. Buddy simply does not recognize him and get agressive and barking. As soon as he hears Dan’s voice though he calms down and relaxes. He was also skunked in the face shortly before he was bitten so I am not sure if that would have impacted it to. It was a rough summer for him.

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      We had two cases of snakebite in the last week, a cat and a dog. The cat was bitten in the chest, and did not die immediately. She lasted a few days, but even with aggressive, immediate treatment, passed away. The dog was bitten on the left side of the jaw maybe two days ago and is improved, although far from well. The cases of snakebite that I’ve seen cause enormous, grotesque swelling.
      I could guess that being skunked could cause at least temporary blindness. You might not ever know for certain if the snakebite caused Buddy’s vision impairment, but it does make one wonder. Poor Buddy.

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