Snake Bite Awareness Day

Does your dog like sniffing around in brush and grass? Chances are, the answer to that is a resounding yes. Our canine pals are super curious. This is adorable, but it can also be dangerous … particularly if Fido finds himself facing one of the six venomous snakes that live here in Georgia. With International Snake Bite Awareness Day coming up September 19th, thissss is the perfect time to offer pointers on not only preventing snakebites, but also on what to do if your pet does get bit. A Dallas, GA vet discusses snakebites below.

Local Snakes

Georgia has 46 different types of snakes, from the rather adorable garter snakes and smooth green snakes to the beautiful but often misaligned rat snake. However, while you don’t want your canine buddy getting bit by any of them, it’s of course venomous snakes that are the most concerning. We have six of those: the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Timber rattlesnake, Pigmy rattlesnake, Cottonmouth, Copperhead, and Coral snake. These all have slightly different habitats and schedules. For instance, if you’re walking your dog down a road on a summer night, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for crossing Pigmy rattlesnakes. If you and Fido are exploring a swampy area, Cottonmouths—or Water Moccasins, as they are also known—are likely the bigger threat.

Coral Snake Vs. King Snake

As you may know, the coral snake is often confused with the king snake, as they have similar colors and patterns. The old childhood rhyme is a great reference. Red and black, friend of Jack; red and yellow, deadly fellow. If you forget the rhyme, err on the side of caution and stay away.


Taking a few common-sense precautions will help reduce the odds of Fido getting bit. Many snakes love long grasses, brush piles, holes, and rotted logs. Keep your property clear of these things. You’ll also want to fill in any holes beneath sheds, garages, and, if applicable, doghouses. When walking your pooch, keep him on a leash, and don’t let him sniff around potential snake habitats. Be extra careful at night!


Snake bites aren’t always deadly, but they are always an emergency. If Fido gets bit, you’ll need to get him to the vet ASAP. Immediate treatment will greatly increase your pet’s prognosis!

Do you have questions about snake bites? Contact us, your Dallas, GA veterinary clinic, today!

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