Skip to comments.Rattlesnake Bites Bulldog, Puppies in Central Florida
Posted on 05/22/2014 10:42:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A woman says her American bulldog and two puppies were bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake near the steps of her rural central Florida home.
One of the puppies died following the Tuesday afternoon attack. The Ledger of Lakeland reports the mother dog Maisy and the other puppy, named Tundra, are being treated with anti-venom at a Winter Haven animal hospital.
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My dog was treated with antibiotics after a water moccasin bite.
We’ve had two of ours hit by a Copperhead early this month. Keep an eye on your pets. There are snakes about. And not all of them are in PUBLIC OFFICE!
A 6’2” Diamondback is one Hell of a huge, dangerous snake. Too bad it didn’t find its was into the Mahdi’s bed. Of course, if it bit Moochelle, asumming she was there instead of Regie, it would probably be the one that got poisoned.
I had coon dogs (and that ain’t RACCCISSS)that got nailed by rattlers in the middle of the night. They didn’t come back for three or four days and when they did they were covered from head to toe with mud. My old neighbor down the road told me when they got nailed, they always went into the swamp mud and let the mud suck the poison out. Who knew?
Wouldn't bite anyway - professional courtesy.
I laughed about your statement for a full five minutes. I pictured the entire event, both versions; one with Michelle, one with Reggie and yet another one with just the Pres. waking, throwing back the Micky & Donald Duck feathered quilt, only to find a hissing, snapping snake in his bed, now rearing it’s head back!
We walk our three dogs in the foothills above our home in Southern California.
The two big dogs love to put their snouts in bushes, around rocks, etc. right where snakes love to hide. We got the rattlesnake shots for them which the vet told us buys us extra time if they’re bit to get them to the vet for the anti-venom.
About a year ago we met a nice elderly couple who told us their dog had been bit by a rattle snake in the same area. They said they rushed the dog to the vet but it was going to be something like $4,000 for the vet to save the dog and they didn’t have that kind of money.
I keep a very sharp eye on my dogs, the little one stays close and I try to stay on the big trails and not bush wack like DH.
They have snake-proofing training classes for dogs.
If I lived in a high threat area, I think I’d invest.
Hope the other dogs will be okay.
Also, dog health insurance is always a good idea.
Trupanion even pre-authorizes procedures:
This is one of the reasons I chose them.
There’s no way I could have afforded $4K either but they will ‘pre-pay’ stuff like that.
There were certain snakes Steve Irwin didn’t try to hold. Notice he never went after a black mamba, and didn’t get within striking range of an Eastern Diamondback. These are not the deadly but docile snakes of the Outback.
If the snake didn’t bite, it wouldn’t be professional courtesy. It would be good taste and natural revulsion with an incredibly toxic, vastly inferior being.
Vet told me that only about 20% of snake bites on dogs are deadly.
Ours has the vaccine. About 20 bucks a year.
But, nothing will save them from a Mohave Green.
I have to disagree about the Black Mamba. There was one episode where he did go after one, about an eight footer. He picked it up by the tail and it struck constantly, missing him each time, sometimes only by a wee bit. The whole thing was just about as tense as watching a Wallenda cross a huge canyon on a windy day on a high wire with no protection.
I'm glad at least two of the dogs survived...what a horrific thing to happen...
I doubt it would bite Mooch. Professional courtesy. :-)
Sorry stole yer line. :-)
I saw Steve Erwin in the Appalachians with rattle snakes all around him. In fact, while he was squatted down he pointed to the ground between his legs and one crawled right between his feet.
I remember an episode where an agitated King Cobra tried to strike him over and over again. I never saw a snake that was more agitated or aggressive.
Florida has some nasty creatures. If we retire there, our gardening strategy will be quite different than it is here.
The were timber rattlers, not eastern diamondbacks, and they were in a pit beneath him.
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