Dogs bitten by snakes

2017-03-01 16:30
A puff adder entered a yard in Circular Drive by slithering over a brick wall.

A puff adder entered a yard in Circular Drive by slithering over a brick wall. (Mark Marshall)

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The PE Express spoke to various veterinary clinics in Port Elizabeth to find out how many snake bites they treated so far this summer.

Kragga Kamma Veterinary Hospital
Dr Kathleen Davis said they attended to around eight dogs for snake bites since November last year. All the bites were from puff adders, except one which was a Cape Cobra. “All the dogs survived with aggressive treatment,” Davis said.

Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic
Dr Tarien Herbst said they treated two dogs, a Jack Russell and a Rottweiler, in the past five months for a snake bite. “The dogs were bitten by the same snake (a puff adder). The big dog unfortunately died, because he was bitten first so the snake injected most of the venom into the Rottweiler,” she said. The Jack Russell made a full recovery.

Mount Croix Animal Hospital
According to Dr Matt Ravensburg they rescued three dogs so far this summer – all of them were bitten by boomslang. “All the dogs survived, even though it was very bad snake bites,” he said.

9th Avenue, Walmer
Dr Charles Hayward said they treated one dog, a Jack Russell, towards the end of last year. The dog made a full recovery.

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