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What snake bites look like on dogs [with pictures]

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Snake bites can cause a variety of clinical signs depending on several factors. This includes the species of snake, type of venom, location of the bite, and severity of the envenomation. We have included a variety of photos of dogs that have been bitten by snakes.

This is an example of a dog that has been bitten on the foot by an unknown snake. You can see the two puncture sites from the fangs:

This is a dog developing facial swelling after a snake bite.

The dog in this photo was bitten in the face by a rattlesnake:

This is an image of a dog bitten by a rattlesnake that has significant facial swelling and bleeding from her eye:

The dog in this image developed a necrotic wound after being bitten by a rattlesnake:

This dog required amputation after being bitten by a venomous Adder:

Another dog with significant bruising after an Adder snake bite:

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Snake bite picture on a dog’s leg:


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snake bite on dog's leg

Is it a snake bite or something else?

Many snakebites are unwitnessed, leaving pet owners only wondering what could have happened. A variety of other conditions can resemble snake bites, so we have included several photos of these below.

Anaphylaxis – This is a severe allergic reaction characterized by hives, facial swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse.

Spider Bite – Spiders have venom similar to snakes but are often less likely to cause life threatening illness. Spider bites can cause tissue swelling and necrosis, like some snake bites:

Bee Sting – Dogs love trying to eat bees and often get stung in the face. This can lead to hives and severe facial swelling secondary to an allergic reaction.

Cellulitis – This is a condition of severe infection/inflammation of the skin. Clinical signs can mimic a snake bite with severe swelling and oozing.

Related post: Snake Bites on Dogs: Signs and Treatment Advice from a Vet

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  • Dr. Paula Simons, Emergency Vet

    Dr. Simons is an Emergency and Critical Care resident veterinarian at 'Cornell University Veterinary Specialists', a 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Facility in Connecticut (Practice Profile). She graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2019.

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