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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Snakes in the grass ::




Snakes in the grass :: ABC Northern Tasmania

Time to clear up your backyard and make it safe for children and pets, says North West vet Dr Peter Holm.

There are 6000 cases of dogs and cats being bitten by snakes in summer in Australia. And in Tasmania, copper heads and tiger snakes are among the most lethal species in the world.

North West vet Dr Peter Holm told Afternoons presenter Elaine Harris that 'no hiding place' is the best backyard policy, so "Tidy up!"

Effects of snake bite tend to be acute in dogs and cats, leading to rapid death, because their noses have no hair for protection. First signs of snake bite in pets are vomiting, collapse, acute diaroreah and very dilated pupils. If you see a combination of these signs, take your pet to a vet immediately. Anti venom treatments can cost as much as $500. And long term effects of snake bites can cause kidney treatments later in life.

Also, beware the water feature; snakes will be attracted to this area of your backyard, particularly at the end of the season when water is scarce.

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