Dogs love to explore, but sometimes, their curiosity brings them up close and personal with a snake. Although snakes are not typically aggressive when they see a dog, getting prodded by a dog who is trying to figure out what they are can lead to a bite. Any kind of snake bite can lead to an infection, but venous snake bites can be life threatening for dogs. If a snake bites your dog, seek veterinary care right away. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the chances that your dog will be bitten by a snake.
Use a Short Leash on Walks
Your dog may love the freedom of a long leash on walks or even going off-leash, but for safety reasons, it is best to use a short leash to keep him close. Often, dogs encounter snakes when they are out of view of their owners, so using a short leash will allow you to keep your pup in site. This is especially important if you’re walking on a trail that is surrounded by dense brush or rocks, where snakes like to hide.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
Does your yard look like an attractive hiding space for a snake? Keeping your grass trimmed, leaves raked, and lawn free of toys, tools, and other hiding spaces will reduce the chances that snakes will hide out on your property. Don’t feed your dog outside, and clean up pet waste regularly. Otherwise, your yard can attract rodents, which in turn will attract snakes.
Consider Snake Fencing
A normal fence will not keep snakes out of a yard, unless there are no openings and a concrete base that extends underground. However, adding hardware cloth with mesh openings less than one-quarter inch in size will drastically reduce the chances that a snake can enter your yard.
If a bite from a snake or another emergency happens with your pet, Horizon Animal Hospital is here to help. You can learn more about veterinarians in Phoenix by calling (480) 800-4559.