Y'all with hunting dogs or country dogs?

Hollar Hunter

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Ever had any get bit by a poisonous snake? What do you do? Is there anything you carry in particular to help the situation? With it going to start warming up shortly and as Many poisonous snakes as we got just concerned my dog could get bit shed hunting... I want to take any precautions I can.... Any info or experiences would be appreciated!
 

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We had a dog killed by a rattlesnake on our farm about 6 months ago.

After talking with several folks I learned(at least I have no reason to not believe them) that there is a vaccine for snake bites that you can give a dog, making them immune to a snakes venom.
 

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My yellow lab was bit on the side of the muzzle last summer by a copperhead, most likely (we have some rattlers around, but copperheads are more common by far). Her head swelled up so much her eyes just looked like slits. I took her to the vet and he just recommended we watch her for signs of trouble breathing, and gave me some steriod pills to help with swelling and an antibiotic. She was a little lethargic for a couple of days and the swelling went down over the course of a week or so, but she never acted like she was in any trouble or pain. You could see where the two fangs penetrated because the hair fell out around each of them.

Unless the fangs penetrate a blood vessel and directly inject the venom into the bloodstream or if your dog has an allergy to one of the components of venom, the vet said that most dogs will recover just fine on their own. You will know if that is the case because the dog will very quickly either die or get into serious distress after the bite. The main thing that the vet was concerned about was cellulitis (an infection that sets up right under the skin and can spread really rapidly), like can occur with dog bites.
 

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You be sure and take every precaution with old "leroy Brown"that dog is special for sure.
 

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They'll normally survive copperhead bites. It'll get ugly and nasty though.

Rattlesnakes not so much. I can think of very, very, very few beagles that have survived rattlesnake bites. These are known rattlers. I've seen dogs bit by them and die within an hour.

Just my experiences
 

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My dogs hate snakes and try to kill every one they come across. I did have one bitten on the side of the head by a copperhead. His head doubled in size and if I hadn't of taken him to the vet when I did he would have died. That was the only time I've had a dog react that way.
 

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I was just sitting here thinking of sitting in a tree stand, but this thread just made me not look forward to hitting the woods.
 

cecil30-30

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We had a dog get bit by a big copperhead,and his head swelled up big time,and had a old timer tell us to pour bacon grease in him,and we did that 3 times and he got over it.Not sure if it helped or not,but he lived.
 

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Listerine works (alchahol) don't waste the good stuff on a dog. Benydryl also works. Agricillian will work too but don't use to much....
 

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I have had some of my beagles get bit. You can give them benedril or if you keep penicillen around, give them that. You can clean the wound with kerosene. Dogs are pretty tough with snake bites, their head will swell up like a basketball but it will go down in a few days.
 

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the vet told me leg bites are worse than face bites, I have had both on my dogs, took her in on the leg bite and he gave her a shot. My lab got bit on the lip years ago and we were miles from home, she swelled up bad but it never seemed to bother her she kept right on being a lab!
 

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Used to run dogs in the swamps of Florida, more snakes than you can shake a stick at. Had many bit from cottonmouth and never die. As somebody else said, big rattlesnake and you can just about forget it. Once saw a old timer hook 2 wires to a coil on a old ford truck and stick them to a bite on the leg of his prized ***** dog. She was in bad shape, leg swelled up like it was going to bust and she was down breathing really heavy. Saw him three days later and she was alive and well. Something about the electric shock suppose to neutralize the poison, guess it works because I had never seen one that bad that didn't die.
 

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