Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Beware of snakes

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
            Molly is our Heroine of the month! She ducked under a shrub when she was outside with her Dad and came out with a Brown Snake!
The emergency centres were full of cats and dogs bitten by snakes last weekend - but Molly bucked the trend. She bit the snake! Fortunately her Dad was there to help and relocated the snake to a safer - for all - place.
Snakes like to hide in long grass, leaf litter, under low lying shrubs, in brambles, and under logs and rocks. They are particularly venomous at the beginning of the warmer weather. Keep your cat inside or under strict supervision outside.
A snake with a lot of venom at the beginning of spring can kill a cat within minutes. Once the venom load is less, cats will survive with antivenom and a drip.
Signs of snake envenomation include weakness and paralysis, a mournful cry, dilated pupils, bleeding from the bite site or in urine and faeces (with some snake species). Soon after the bite the cat may collapse, vomit, have diarrhoea, tremble, or fit. Often carers don't notice that a cat has been bitten until they become partly paralysed.
The sooner the cat presents to the vet the better the chances of complete recovery.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

twitching tablet change gifts advantage litter noisy breathing thirsty appetite yowling prey jumping eye infection seizures furballs kidneys pain killer herpesvirus scratching post home introduce fat arthritis overweight on heat cystitis wobbles euthanasia revolution New Year's Eve new year lymphoma aggression eye ulcer constipation grooming panleukopaenia rub snake heavy breathing dilated pupils best vet body language salivation sense of smell sudden blindness cat vet virus award furball signs of pain feline herpesvirus flea prevention sneeze hunters skin cancer head tumour lilly cat diabetes plaque antibiotics microchip rough play allergy nose scabs sensitive fleas poison annual check spraying xylitol vomit meows a lot vaccination chlamydia snuffles inflammatory bowel disease urinating on curtains or carpet hunter panamax bladder goodbye learning introduction cat enclosures African wild cat drinking a lot ulcers teeth holes hunting sucking wool fabric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy love snuffle check-up calicivirus dymadon roundworm marking urine spraying conflict physical activity bed holes in teeth vocal hard faeces when to go to vet pica feliway aspirin eyes whiskers lily asthma indoor cats off food panadol poisoning intestine feline AIDS sensitive stomach christmas dental treatment carrier sick introducing new kitten behaviour change rash depomedrol weight control bump urination kitten computer plants tick fight cat fight abscess,cat fight straining fever blood cage hole desex hearing pet tradesmen poisonous plants IBD blood in urine fits bite Canberra enteritis brown snake nails cancer best clinic spey radioactive iodine poisons hiding cat flu renal disease snake bite birthday blood pressure foreign body unwell information night stare into space thyroid cranky mycoplasma headache strange behaviour skin obesity pill ACT sore biopsy stress gasping obese breeder odour spray cat containment echocardiography hypertension diarrhoea dental check cat behaviour cat friendly flu flea treatment lump massage petting cat painful tapeworm vet visit runny nose aerokat toxic train snot cough slow weight loss diuretics introductions AIDS desexing pet meat competition kittens bad breath FIV anxiety cortisone drinking more Hill's Metabolic cognitive dysfunction rigid head pet insurance blind sore eyes permethrin skinny lilies urine checkup insulin breathing difficult senses string new cat training lame cat history paracetamol opening hours in season kitten play dry food worms paralysed pain vomiting collapse tartar thiamine deficiency castration socialisation grass allergy, behaviour hyperthyroidism kitten deaths open night urinating pheromone senior kidney disease appointment hairball Canberra Cat Vet health check catoberfest cta fight FORLS attack stiff diet paralysis cat worms panadeine blue mental health of cats blood test fireworks cryptococcosis lick high blood pressure fluid pills groom feline enteritis food puzzles sick cat not eating moving best cat clinic dementia client night anaemia ulcer hunched over scratching tooth cat enclosure paralysis tick decision to euthanase unsociable old cat photo competition corneal ulcer best veterinarian wool free enemies weight holiday worming eye hyperactive mince vision bladder stones scale fear poisonous ulcerated nose holidays crytococcosus kibble pancreatitis visit pain relief liver litter box mouth breathing snakebite abscess blockage urinating outside litter runny eyes panleukopenia blocked cat sore ears rolls snakes open day pred restless adipokines antiviral itchy ribbon heaing mass hospital scratch changed hungry return home face rub wet litter touch exercise vaccine old toxins dental prednisolone blindness kidney sun comfortis heart disease polish activity aggressive

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions