i think our dog was snake bit or stung

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09-02-2011 04:38 AM

Got home this afternoon from a very successful walnut wall unit install. Our yellow lab, outdoor dog, has a largely swollen kneck and the left side of her face droops making it look lopsided. I suppose those muscles may be numb? We live in the country on 13 acres. We have lots of diamond backs and copper heads. We also have several non venom snakes. Of course we also have all the other wild animals thaf frequent our property. Then the mieghbors have donkeys and cattle. Sadie gets nosey some. She may have been kicked. She otherwise shows no other symptoms, acts happy and normal.

It is too bad she got injured but i am sure she will survive. We also have two purebread german shephards and they were unharmed.

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 04:53 AM

We had a rat terrier that was bitten on 2 ocassions by a copper head. It made her sick but that was all. She never liked copper heads after that though. She would get sick and lay around for a week or so and swell some then it would look like a spider bite and rot out a bit and heal. She survived them. If you dog isn’t running a fever I would think it might have been injured in another manner.

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 04:58 AM

Yes it is puzzling because of lack of any other symptoms. She seems to be clueless that anything is different about her. She was happy as ever and she is breathing just fine. But since this all happened just today i suspect an insect or amother animal. I know we have spiders, but few that are poiseness, and we do have swarming bees also. And we have tons of scorpions

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 07:00 AM

I would take her to a vet first thing in the morning.

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 06:37 PM

I second camper—i’d be off to the vet.

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 07:03 PM

sorry your dog has it like that
but as the others say… to the vet

take care

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 07:23 PM

If it were one of our 2-dogs, I’d go to the vet. Better safe, than sorry. We don’t have any poisonous snakes in our part of Denver that I’m aware of, but there are rattlesnakes up in the foothills and mountains.

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 08:19 PM

Having been a large dog breeder, and my wife a vet tech for over 25 years, we have seen numerous dog injuries over the years. If it was just a large welt, then that would probably be a sting of some sort and you could bleed it and salve it. But if your dog is showing paralysis then it might be something poisonous and you need to get your animal to the vet as quickly as possible. Rips, tears, bites, injuries of all kinds can wait. Things that cause paralysis can not. And a welt that droops sounds like it is poisonous. Please go to the vet.


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#8 posted 09-07-2011 01:42 PM

What kind of Toads do you have in your area? Some of them are extremely poisonous to animals. All they have to do is pick them up in their mouth.

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 02:09 PM

Cut an “X” on her neck and suck the blood out. It works in the movies…

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#10 posted 09-08-2011 02:26 AM

Thanks all the responses, the poochy is doing great now. All swelling is gone and face back to normal

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#11 posted 09-10-2011 04:05 AM

good news … thankĀ“s for the update :-)


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#12 posted 09-10-2011 04:09 AM


Certainly good news! Did you ever figure out the root of the problem?

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#13 posted 09-10-2011 05:59 AM

One of our dogs was snake bit on the nose which caused her head to swell up to the size of a football and kinda resembled one also. We gathered some Plantain, not the fruit but the herb it grows wild in large parts of the USA, mixed it with some leftover spaghetti and fed it to her. Next day she had no signs of swelling and was her normal self.

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#14 posted 09-11-2011 04:25 AM

Yeah something like that lol :)

Never sure what happened but she did get poisened

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#15 posted 09-11-2011 05:55 AM

We seem in Central Oregon to be having a banner year for hobo spiders. They may be more deadly and dangerous than black widows, and are certainly in the same league.

By my reading, dogs are not as susceptible to the effects of the bite (horrid stuff) but there must be some reaction. Were it my dog, here, I’d head to the vet and ask that question.

I’m glad everything is fine so far.



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