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Vets save near-death dog, 12 hours after snake bite

RECOVERED: Three-year-old Baz the pooch back to normal, and joins owner Louise Craig (left), daughter Tiana, 10, and veterinarian Kim McPherson for a happy snap.
RECOVERED: Three-year-old Baz the pooch back to normal, and joins owner Louise Craig (left), daughter Tiana, 10, and veterinarian Kim McPherson for a happy snap. Louise Starkey

IT WAS a heart wrenching moment for Louise Craig when she discovered her beloved pooch Baz lying in a pool of saliva, frozen from motion.

The only thing he could move was his wagging tail, in an effort to show his owners he was still alive.

Roughly 12 hours prior to being found, he was bitten by a brown snake.

Ms Craig has lived on a cane farm for the past two years, and said the incident was a first.

Baz was admitted to Valley Vet Surgery, and three hours later he required ventilation to stay alive.

Senior Veterinarian Kim McPherson said he was on the brink of death.

"He was dying, but we caught him in just enough time to stabilise him again with the oxygen he needed," she said.

"It was at that moment Baz's family made the choice to ventilate, instead of putting him to sleep."

Baz survived a snake bite.
Baz survived a snake bite. Louise Starkey

Ms McPherson said Baz required 33 hours of ventilation.

The Walkerston clinic has treated about 30 snake bite cases so far, this year.

"The message I want to get across is that we can save your pets," Ms McPherson said.

"Snake bites can be treated at all different stages."

"Don't give up on your pet just because it has been bitten by a snake."

Ms McPherson encouraged owners to keep an eye out for "abnormal" behaviour, and seek advice from their vet if they notice anything strange.

Baz has fully recovered, and the only thing to have changed is how "sooky" he has become, Ms Craig said. Her message to other owners: be aware of the whereabouts of your pet.

"There is so much the vets can do," she said.

"I wouldn't have thought to put him on a ventilator, and I am really thankful for their work."

Topics:  brown snake dog pets snake snake bite veterinarian


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