WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Summer is the prime season for snakes to be out and about, and since dogs and cats are curious animals, many pet owners could find themselves making an emergency trip to the veterinary office.
So far this summer, Dr. Michele Rohrer at Atlantic Animal Hospital in Wilmington has already treated nearly 10 animals that were bitten by a snake.
"Often times, the owner will see it," said Rohrer. "If they don't see it, they'll bring their dog in and say it has acute pains in certain areas of the dog's body. With dogs, it's always on the foot, the leg, or snout because they've put their face down. They'll get an acute swelling where the snake bite is and it's very painful. Sometimes they'll get a fever as well."
Rohrer says that most of the time, if a dog is treated in a timely manner it will recover.
"Sometimes, very mild, sometimes, very severe," said Rohrer. "Just depends on the type of snake…whether it's a venomous snake and how much venom was injected. Typically, baby snakes have more venom."
And treatments can be expensive, anywhere from $1,000 and up.
Dr. Rohrer says people should not allow their pets to go into moist and high grass areas, and they also should not play near water without supervision.