Sleeping Dog Unaware Of Hidden Danger: A Warning For Pet Owners
Our pets are like family, and we do our best to keep them safe and happy. But sometimes, there are hidden dangers we might not even think about. A recent viral photo on Facebook showed just how unexpected danger can be and how it could lead to serious problems for our pets if we're not careful.
In the photo, a dachshund peacefully relaxes on the backyard deck. But upon closer inspection, there's a red belly snake lurking nearby.
This photo was shared by Illawarra Snake Catcher, a snake removal service in New South Wales, Australia. They posted it on Facebook, expressing concern about recent snake bites on dogs and urging pet owners to stay vigilant.
They advised, "Please keep an eye on your pets. Investigate any unusual barking or behaviors. Dogs often sense snakes. Pay attention if your dog keeps returning to the same spot."
Fortunately, the dachshund was unharmed. The dog's owner commented on Facebook, saying she promptly brought him indoors upon spotting the snake. And the dog was completely unaware of the threat he had been facing.
“Please keep an eye on your pets. Investigate any strange barking or behaviours. Dogs will often smell them out. Pay attention if the dog keeps going to the same areas.” Illawarra Snake Catcher shared on their post.
The red-bellied black snake is a common species in eastern Australia. While these snakes are not usually aggressive unless provoked, their bites can cause injury and illness.
This story is a reminder to all pet owners, even if you don't live in Australia, to be cautious of snakes around their pets. The ASPCA reports over 100,000 venomous snake bites in dogs and cats annually in the United States, with mortality rates ranging from 1 to 30 percent depending on various factors.
In case your dog is bitten by a snake, the American Kennel Club recommends seeking immediate veterinary care, especially if they are bitten on the tongue or chest. Quick treatment can be life-saving, and pain medications may also be provided.
Stay watchful to keep your pets safe from snake bites, and be prepared to take action if the worst happens. Share this important story with fellow pet owners!