Snake Bite: Black
Mark had to treat a Jack (an inquisitive cocker spaniel) last weekend who had been bitten by a very large black snake. Luckily, the owners phoned ahead, allowing Mark time to setup the IV drip and anti-venom while they were on their way.
The side of his face was very swollen and painful, and he was very weak and had distressed breathing.
There were 2 large puncture wounds on the side of his neck (see photo). He was given snake anti-venom and placed on a drip and oxygen overnight. By the next morning, he was barking and looking much better and went home on Monday full of beans.
Make sure your yards contain no rubbish that snakes can hide under. If bitten, make sure you phone ahead to save precious minutes.