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Protecting your pets: how to deal with venomous snakes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many dog owners have stories of their pets getting into sticky situations, but summer time can be especially dangerous with more snakes around.

The damp environment for south Georgia this summer is a reason to be on alert.

"We mostly see snake bites in the summer months just because of the that and rain and the snakes are out crawling," says Dr. Amber Love with Bush Animal Clinic. She says she has seen some recent cases.

Heavy rainfall can push some snakes into areas where they may not normally call home. For an unsuspecting animal, it can be a painful and even deadly encounter.

"Recently we've seen a couple of cases of dogs out playing in the yard and the snake comes out and they get bit- normally in the face. They tend to swell and drool really bad," says Love.

In Georgia there are 40 different types of snakes but only six of these, like the rattlesnake and the water moccasin, are poisonous. But the severity of the bites can vary.

"It depends on how much venom they get and the type of snake. If it's a water moccasin versus a rattlesnake, the rattlesnake seems to be more potent," says Love.

If a poisonous snake does bite your dog, it's important to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. A regimen of treatments including an antivenom can be administered, and most dogs will recover with it.

There are snake bite vaccines available for dogs, but you should consult with your veterinarian to determine if that's best for your pet.

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