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#6454846 - 09/16/16 11:50 AM Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW
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The dog got bit last doing her bedtime potty patrol, in my back yard.

Contacted the Texas A&M Small Animal Emergency Clinic Hotline couple times, and want to thank them for their patience in walking us thru the event. That Emgcy # is: 979-845-2351, and is a direct line.

We learned a bunch in very short time from the Vetenary lady at the A&M Call Center. Long story short...1. Rattle snake bites will/can bleed from the anti coagulents in their venom and need to be treated by a professional vet. 2. Copperhead bites will swell and affect the ability to breath. 3. Bug/spider bites can be misdiagnosed as copperhead bites, or vice versa.

Our first clue when the dog came in from the back yard was the heavy choking & gagging all of a sudden, then a sudden swelling of a ping pong ball sized soft liquid filled lump at the bite site - in our case under her jaw on the bottom lip, that has now moved to her throat area. Then the dog's obvious severe pain to the touch at the bite site looking for the teeny tiny fang marks that we never did find in her thick fur.

Benedril is the only drug that was recommended for this copperhead bite, and is dosed based on weight that as determined by a Vet professional.

Hope ya'll never go thru a nite like we had last nite...and my mutt is eating now hard food and drinking LOTS of water this morning, running around the yard looking for squirrels as per usual. BUT...She now does Odie Helicopter jumps at the sight of a tree limb laying in the grass that could be a potential snake too. Hard way to learn this lesson...hope it saves her life from a buzztail bite.
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#6454852 - 09/16/16 11:53 AM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Wow! That stinks!!
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#6454855 - 09/16/16 11:55 AM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Glad to hear the pup is going to be ok and thanks for the heads up on different diagnosis.

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#6454858 - 09/16/16 11:56 AM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Yep

mine got bit too, was at the vet this morning. Shaved and cleaned area, steroid shot, and some antibiotics
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#6454861 - 09/16/16 11:57 AM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Glad she is okay.
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#6454890 - 09/16/16 12:14 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: ZK-315]
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Glad to hear the pup is going to be ok and thanks for the heads up on different diagnosis.
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#6454898 - 09/16/16 12:21 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: BenBob]
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Glad she is okay.
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#6454915 - 09/16/16 12:44 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I live southeast of San Antonio and have a small Dachshund (weiner) dog and he has been bitten by copperheads about 5 times in the last 6 years. He is 8 years old now. He always comes out ok. He barks at the snake then tries to kill it by shaking it. Every time he gets bitten on top of the nose or side of the nose. His face swells up and he hardly moves around. I just give him plenty of water and in 2 - 3 days the swelling goes down and he's fine. The vet says that he is probably building up an immune to the toxin. Copperhead toxin is not that bad. Rattle snake is very bad. Glad your pup is ok.

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#6454933 - 09/16/16 01:10 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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My 11 year old slightly overweight French Brit's face is now all swollen up and looks like a St Bernard below her eyes. Looks like she's got another bite location on the bony part of the top of right foot just below the wrist too, and sore enough that she will not let us touch it. we are about 14 hours in past the event.

Wonder if she killed the snake...I can't find it though. She hunts stuff on the ground and shakes anything she catch's to kill it anytime she can catch one...and we've built on that teaching her to "Beat It Up" on command. A buddy's Scot's Terriers hunted water moccasin's around the pond in Richardson behind his house, double teaming them....leaving the dead snakes on his patio as trophy's.

Otherwise she's pouting and getting her feelings hurt when we won't let her out the door to go run hard after a critter she can see from the Den windows...Sits up and begs for the bendril pills wrapped in a piece of smoked turkey sandwich meat...she's gonna work this deal for all it's worth looking for treats ans goodies...and is now a sleep in MY Big Leather Chair...Oh Well

Thanks to all for the kind thoughts...I think we'll be OK in a couple days....just put the A&M Small Animal Hotline phone # in your phone and not depend on getting the referral from 911 or the Local Leo's...I got the number from the Anderson County Sheriff's Dept 911 operator as she said you might try this aa last resort, when I asked for any ideas on where to get help, since there are no All Nite Vet's here, which I appreciate to no end.

** edited to add All the 911 LEO folks I talked to here in Palestine last nite were more than helpful and interested...just no local Vet services open after 5pm is the bottom line. FWIW, there was a phone # I got for a late nite Vet in Tyler, somewhere on the SW Loop that the person did not know anything for sure about and thought they were closed after Midnite. Google was worthless too.
Ron


Edited by WileyCoyote (09/16/16 07:45 PM)
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#6455408 - 09/16/16 07:04 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Thanks for the #. My lab got bit on the nose by a rattlesnake 2 yrs ago. Horrible experience, she was in bad shape for a month with skin sloughing off and swelling. Definitely bled a lot more than expected. Vet treated her for 2 weeks. Thankfully we weren't bent over when it came time for the bill. I'm definitely more careful now.

Eastland vet is definitely a good man. Local Sheriff gave us his # and he left his granddaughters bday party on a Sunday to meet us.

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#6455425 - 09/16/16 07:18 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Great Info WileyCoyote, we had the same thing happen to our Australian Shepard in the spring with a copper head and we provided Benadryl immediately and after a few days the swelling started to go down and the sensitivity to the area went away. I felt for the dog due to breathing difficulty.

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#6455508 - 09/16/16 08:10 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Glad to hear the pup is going to be ok and thanks for the heads up on different diagnosis.
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#6455548 - 09/16/16 08:33 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Glad your pup is recovering.
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#6456330 - 09/17/16 03:04 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I've had two rattlesnakes in my yard this week. I've managed to keep the dog away from them. I keep my grass short and leaf litter mulched up. Even still, I just mowed and mulched again to be on the safe side. Snakes are moving.
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#6456657 - 09/17/16 08:47 PM Re: Copperhead's are out at nite RIGHT NOW [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Glad the dog is ok.
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