Dog recovering after snake bite

By Country News on October 31, 2017
  • Dog recovering after snake bite

    Shakira Duncanson with her dog Flossy who was bitten by a snake.

A Mooroopna fox terrier has been given a second chance at life after she was bitten by an eastern brown snake two weeks ago.

Owner David Duncanson said his dog Flossy had been playing in the front yard before her eyes began to glaze over and she became lethargic and unresponsive.

Mr Duncanson said he and his family only realised the seriousness of the situation when his wife spotted the 120cm snake in the middle of the road outside the family’s home.

Flossy received medical treatment and Mr Duncanson said she was improving.

When a pet is bitten, some animals will collapse within a few minutes and may even suffer a fit, but then will recover and appear normal for a few hours.

If not taken to the vet in time, animals will suffer from respiratory or cardiac arrest and then die.

The family home backs onto a major reserve at Rostrata Cres in Mooroopna, and although they have seen their fair share of snakes, Mr Duncanson said this year they had been fairly active with the warmer weather.

He said he had only seen snakes around town in the past couple of years; previously they were only sighted in heavy grass and bushland.

‘‘The snakes seem to be moving a lot faster with the warmer weather this year, and I guess I just want to warn people to be vigilant because they can be extremely aggressive,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s quite a lot of school kids walking around this area, and it is a concern.

‘‘People should be mowing their grass, making sure there’s not as many places for them to hide.’’

—Rhiannon Tuffield

By Country News on October 31, 2017

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