Spring and summer is a time enjoyed by all Australians – BBQs, the beach, cricket, and kicking back in the pool. As we get more active, we get our pets more active. However, we aren’t the only ones out and about this festive season.
Due to earlier than normal high temperatures, snakes are becoming far more active as they come out of hibernation, hunting for food and to breed. Inevitably the chances of us and our pets coming across snakes increases.
State governments have issued warnings for people to be aware of a spike in snake activity after a spate of recent incidents in which dogs and cats have been bitten. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said snakes were emerging from winter hibernation and the recent exceptionally warm weather has lead to highly increased interactions with people and pets.
The Lort Smith animal hospital based in Melbourne have reported treating 20 pets for snake bites in October alone. This is more than the centre usually deals with in an entire year.
Remain vigilant in the upkeep, maintenance and mowing of your property.
The other thing to do is look into good quality snake deterrents. There are a variety of snake repellers on the market, however we recommend the snake deterrents that offer a multi-pulse vibration and sonic sound to create a feeling of danger for approaching snakes, causing them to avoid the covered area.
A dog’s natural curiosity and protective nature often compels them to challenge any snake that enters the yard. This is an instinctive response. Training your dog may help curb the compulsion and hopefully avoid any interaction.
We have sold many remote training collars, particularly to working dog owners who specifically train their dogs to avoid snakes. These snakes are caged or bagged and used as bait so that the dog can be corrected whenever they approach. We do not recommend the catching of snakes… except by a professional.
A snake bite will often display with swelling around the area, as well as tenderness around the bite mark. The most common symptoms associated with a snake bite include;