Copperheads are one of the most common venomous snakes in our region and are especially prevalent in wooded, marshy and rural areas. Just like us, they tend to be more active once the weather gets warmer.
Avoiding these dangerous bites is much easier if you follow a few rules when out with your pet. They include keeping your dog leashed, on trails, and no sniffing around large rocks, downed logs, and where you can’t see.
Should your pet get bitten, veterinary care is essential. Until you can get to a vet clinic or hospital, first aid should be focused on reducing the spread of venom in the body with these steps:
- If possible, carry your dog rather than allowing him or her to walk.
- Make sure your pet is quiet and warm on the way to the vet.
- Try to keep the bite area at or below the level of the heart to reduce blood flow.
At Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs we now utilize cold laser therapy for treatment in addition to antivenom to help reduce uncomfortable swelling and inflammation from bites. This treatment also speeds healing.
Have questions about snake bite safety? Don’t hesitate to call us at 404-991-2943.