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Keep your pet safe this snake season

Keep your pet safe  this snake season

As summer approaches, pet owners are urged to protect their animals from snakes.

Skye Evans, vet nurse from The Vet Clinic, Angaston said they have already treated a number of animals for snake bites this year.

“We’ve had a busy season so far and it looks like it will continue to be busy,” she said.

“We tend to see more cats than dogs at the clinic but both are equally at risk.”

Skye said there are several ways to reduce the risk of a snake attack.

“Pet owners should make sure their garden is clear and cut their grass short,” she said.

“It is also important to make sure the yard is clear of rubbish and wood piles.

“If owners are concerned they can also keep their animals inside on hot days.

“There are also snake repellents that can be found at most hardware stores or online but you can’t rely solely on them to protect your pets.”

Skye said that if you have any suspicion that a snake has bitten your pet, call a vet immediately.

“The most important thing you can do is call a vet,” she said.

“It’s better if your pet spends a few hours at the vet and gets sent home healthy than assume it’s fine and have it pass away at home.

“You can even just call for some advice.”

Skye said that when possible, ring the vet in advance to let them know you are coming.

“It’s a good idea to ring in advance so we can have all the medication set up and ready to go,” she said.

Veterinarian, Jasmin Hooper said it is important to know that cats and dogs suffer from different symptoms, some taking longer to commence than others.