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#2022483 - 10/19/11 11:20 AM 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth
yotehunter57 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 2465
Loc: Arkansas
Last month my Brittany and Lab were both bit by a monster cottonmouth in our yard. The snake was over 5' long and bigger around than a baseball.
The Brittany killed the snake, but he and the Lab both paid the price.
Thank God for Benadryl, it's a life saver for snake bit dogs.
The Brittany has been bit by Copperheads and got over it pretty quick with a couple of doses of Benadryl.
This snake was big enough, I didn't know if they would survive the night. They did, but it took almost a week for the Lab to get over the worst of it.

Shayne
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#2022486 - 10/19/11 11:23 AM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: yotehunter57]
Aaron_Proffitt Offline
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Registered: 10/19/07
Posts: 516
Loc: Elgin, OK
Originally Posted By: yotehunter57
Thank God for Benadryl, it's a life saver for snake bit dogs.


Great post !! Benadryl should be in all of our first aid kits and yet it's one of those things that's easy to forget to add.

Good job. smile

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#2022505 - 10/19/11 11:53 AM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Aaron_Proffitt]
DoubleCK Offline
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Registered: 01/15/09
Posts: 3485
Loc: Wauneta, NE / Gold Canyon, AZ
Do you give the Benadryl orally? What dosage?
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#2022564 - 10/19/11 01:39 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: DoubleCK]
Matt_Low Offline
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Registered: 06/19/11
Posts: 74
Loc: C. Texas
Yes, please post some info on the Benadryl. We had a lab get bit by a rattle snake and it was rough. Any remedy in a situation like that is good to know of.
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#2022581 - 10/19/11 01:56 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Matt_Low]
Aaron_Proffitt Offline
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Registered: 10/19/07
Posts: 516
Loc: Elgin, OK
Here ya go guys. A great source for using benadryl for dogs.

http://benadrylfordogs.org/


Edited by Aaron_Proffitt (10/19/11 01:59 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot to add link

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#2022589 - 10/19/11 02:04 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Aaron_Proffitt]
Powerfisher Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 1855
Loc: Washington
My JRT bit into a new canister of albuterol one day when I was out shopping. Came home and found the poor dog convulsing on the kitchen floor. One tab of Benadyryl and some water force fed down his throat and he was on his way to recovery by morning. I just pushed a full tab down his throat like I would with any dog medication and then had him chase it with some water. I know this isnt the same as getting bit by a snake but my point is that it has many great uses for pets.


Edited by Powerfisher (10/19/11 02:05 PM)
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#2022617 - 10/19/11 03:06 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Powerfisher]
Norcalkyle Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/28/10
Posts: 472
Loc: California
My vet offers a Rattlesnake vaccination that I am considering.
It costs $25.00 and requires a yearly booster. By no means is it 100%, however I have been told that it can really help minimize the tissue and organ damage from a snake injection. Anyone have an opinion about this shot in particular?

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#2022669 - 10/19/11 04:44 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Norcalkyle]
Devin69 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 1467
Loc: Craig Colorado
I would use Dex for snake bites. It is faster and more effective.
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#2022706 - 10/19/11 05:58 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Devin69]
Boeydafunk Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 562
Loc: Henderson NV
What is Dex?

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#2022742 - 10/19/11 06:40 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Boeydafunk]
fw707 Offline
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Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 9466
Loc: Roadside watermelon stand
Dexamethasone.
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#2022788 - 10/19/11 07:50 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: Devin69]
emeraldterriers1 Offline
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Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 697
Loc: kansas
Originally Posted By: Devin69
I would use Dex for snake bites. It is faster and more effective.


+1 some bites are "dry" but dex is what we have used also.
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#2022796 - 10/19/11 08:01 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: emeraldterriers1]
fw707 Offline
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Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 9466
Loc: Roadside watermelon stand
Dex and Benadryl are probably what kept my Feist from croaking after he got nailed on the nose by a big copperhead a couple of years ago.

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#2022854 - 10/19/11 09:01 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: fw707]
gonzaga Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 4365
Loc: Raton, NM U.S.A.
Ive never heard of that dex, I will check into it. I have both of my dogs on the booster that norcal mentioned. When my cur got nailed last year by that rattler, I think that it really lessened the affects of the venom on my dog. He was fine after a couple of days.

That's is some good info on the benadryl...thanks for sharing.
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#2022891 - 10/19/11 09:42 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: gonzaga]
CAT DADDY COLD Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/16/04
Posts: 1161
Loc: Comanche OK
I've had several coondogs bit in the past. Head would swell up like a basketball. Never lost one, but god did you feel sorry for them.
Kelly
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#2022899 - 10/19/11 09:53 PM Re: 2 dogs bit by huge cottonmouth [Re: CAT DADDY COLD]
CrazyHorse66 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 1049
Loc: Oklahoma
My GSD got hit by a BIG rattler this past summer.
Benadryl had little effect, but after a couple of days the Dex got him back up and around.



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