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Snake bit colt, passing through
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Michael M    Posted 05-23-2004 at 11:28:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy, I have been really busy offline, mostly taking cae of my orphaned and then copperhead bit two weeks old today colt. Man, if he makes it to two years, he is going to be one tough young stud.
Last week, he apparently got bit by a copperhead. My vet checked him over, and talked to another vet who specializes in snake bit pets, and decided that is what it is. I have been not only hand feeding the little orphan, but also changing a dressing over a very nasty looking leg wound. He is doing great, eating like a horse, and is a great patient.
If anyone has any experience with this type of injury and treating it, I would welcome the advice.


joel    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:42:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Antibiotics (a snake's mouth can be nasty) and possibly some anti-inflammatory medications. I have had two dogs snakebitten and neither died. Large pets actually rarely die from snakebites. We have a lot of rattles (timber and eastern diamondback) so I assume my dogs were bitten by rattler's. A copperhead's venom is less toxic than the rattlers.

I would be more concerned about the inflammatory response he mounts and the amount of scar tissue that forms.


deadcarp    Posted 05-23-2004 at 12:01:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horses legs are a alot like deers - he'll pull thru okay cuz there ain't enough circulation down there to carry the venom quickly. You're right michael, looks like heck for awhile though. :)


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