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Bella’s neighbours could hear a commotion going on and phoned her owner at work. The owner was able to view home security footage to see one of their dogs Bella, get bitten by an extremely large brown snake. Bella’s neighbour brought her straight to our clinic.
On arrival we took a sample of blood to test Bella’s blood clotting abilities. This test takes 90 seconds to perform and unfortunately it diagnosed what the Owner had viewed on his home surveillance, Bella had been bitten by the snake.
Bella was shaky but still had her wagging tail, she was bright in appearance but became tired easily and couldn’t hold her head up.
Dr Jason Wendt began treating Bella for a brown snake bite envenomation. This involved a particular selection of medication to avoid Bella having a reaction to the anti-venom. During the treatment Bella started to deteriorate and at one point became unresponsive, her heart rate went irregular and she lost breathing ability. The team at Karalee rallied around Bella for the next few hours and she managed to pull through. However she was not out of the woods.
Once stable, Bella (pictured below) was transferred to our Booval Vet Hospital where she remained over the weekend receiving special care from duty vet Dr Hannah Van Wunnik along with the skilled nurse team. Over the next few days Bella improved slowly and that wagging tail was back once again. We are happy to report she is safely back home with her loving family and brother dobby.
**the snake (pictured below) was caught by a professional snake catcher (also pictured below) and was taken to the RSPCA as it suffered extensive injuries in the altercation with the dogs. Andrews snake removal can be contacted on 0421 237 553. The snake has survived the ordeal.
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