Dog owners warned about snakes
DOG owners are being warned – the region's snakes are on the move and ready to tangle with your mutt.
Sugarland Veterinary Clinic's Mike Woodham said he had treated three dogs for snakebite in the past week, and he was concerned there were more cases on the way.
“Three is quite a lot to treat in one week,” he said.
Dr Woodham said the culprits were usually brown snakes, which were common in the area, particularly in suburbs such as Branyan, where there were large blocks with lots of bush.
He said anyone who suspected their dog had been bitten should take it in for treatment at once.
“Most dogs that are bitten can survive a few hours, but the quicker we can start treating them the better,” he said.
Dr Woodham's latest patient, Red the Husky, spent several days under treatment.
“He ate the head of the snake, but in the process he got bitten,” Dr Woodham said.
He said people needed to keep the grass in their yards short, and watch out for wood piles or metal sheets snakes could hide under.
And if anyone finds a dead snake and thinks their dog may have been bitten they should take the snake in as well for identification.
Snakes Downunder Reptile Park owner Ian Jenkins said he had been called to comparatively few snake sightings so far this spring.
He said the number of dogs that had been bitten may just have been coincidence.
“The snakes are still there but there's so much grass around at the moment you don't see them,” he said.
“Also there's so much water around they don't have to come out to a dog's bowl or a leaky trap to get a drink.”
Mr Jenkins said when the weather was warmer snakes spent more time under cover.
“It hasn't really warmed up yet; they might be spending more time out there hunting,” he said.