Vets prepare for snake attacks

VETS are expecting lots of snakebite cases in Queensland this summer due to an extremely wet spring brought on by La Nina and Gympie pet owners are being warned to be vigilant.

Dr Jodie Wilson, president of the Queensland Division of the Australian Veterinary Association said the wet spring meant a good breeding season for snakes with lots of food around.

Queensland had experienced one of the wettest springs since records began in 1906 due to the rain-bearing La Nina effect. “Vets have already had lots of cases of snakebite throughout Queensland and we expect more in the coming weeks due to snakes being flushed out by the torrential rain,” Dr Wilson said.

“Dog owners should try to avoid snake prone areas, particularly if they are walking their dog off the leash at the end of the day.

“It’s important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of snakebite as you may not actually see your dog being bitten.”

Gympie Times


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