Snake warning to pet owners

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Most dangerous: A Pilbara death adder
Camera IconMost dangerous: A Pilbara death adder Credit: wanews

South Hedland Veterinary Hospital has urged pet owners to be wary of snakes as the wet season approaches.

The warning comes after the death of a pet dog bitten by a Pilbara death adder in a South Hedland backyard last week.

The dog was brought to South Hedland Veterinary Hospital immediately but died.

Veterinary hospital administrator Courtney Piribauer said common symptoms of snake bites included seizures, collapse and frequent, uncontrolled urination.

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Pilbara and desert death adders are considered among Australia’s deadliest snakes and can be seen across the North West.

Ms Piribauer said while it was the first fatal snake bite incident at the clinic this year, a number of pet animals had been brought into the clinic with blood test results showing possible snake bites.

She said it was not uncommon to see an increase in snakes in backyards at this time of year because of the temperature.

Ms Piribauer encouraged pet owners to clean up their backyards.

“If houses are quite cluttered, snakes are going to be prone to hanging around the grass, particularly if it is overgrown,” she said.

“With this type of snake, death happens very quickly. Please be aware that these snakes are highly venomous to you and your animals.”

Ms Piribauer said it was important pet owners were educated on the different types of snakes, especially in the Pilbara.

“It is extremely important to bring your pet to our clinic if you suspect it has been bitten by a snake,” she said.

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