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By tubby 2 - 7/9/2011 10:31:12 AM
To all those with early seasons comming up in Sept......rememeber to watch out for snakes and spiders.
By Easton Schuster - 7/11/2011 9:31:54 PM
Agreed, but up here in SD we don't have to worry to much about snakes.....more of the giant skeeters!
By kiragyu2 - 7/30/2011 11:13:09 AM
yeah tell me bout them skeeters haha we got giant skeeters in swarms of millions!!! you have to be worried bout being carried off by them
By honkerhunter - 7/30/2011 9:30:28 PM
ah... about the third shot a snakes head will fly off
By sloughslogger - 9/27/2011 12:01:23 PM
Those who hunt in gator country need to keep an eye peeled too; especially with dog.
By Army of Dad - 9/27/2011 12:07:27 PM
We have been hunting a somewhat new spot.  Weekend before last we ran into a water moccasin on the way out.  I let my kid shoot it, but it was still moving more than I cared for so I put my muzzle about six inches from its head…no head and a fair sized hole in the dirt.  Last weekend on our way out I was pointing the spot and said something like “that’s where we killed the cottonmouth”.  Then I looked about 10 feet to the right and there was another one, bigger than the last one.  I hope some buzzard or coyote enjoyed their snake meal as there is one less water moccasin on that lake now.
By Red Double T - 11/18/2013 12:27:23 PM
Looking for general or specific information on "dog bitten by snake" Just had an experience hunting where my dog was bitten during a retrieve. Nope did not see the snake but her foot began to swell etc. Would like an expert to write up a post as to what first steps to take as well as follow up. I have searched on line and was surprised to see so little and so goofy info out there. Would like to know what to do, what to have in your dog first aid kit, what you will see in your dog at the wound, treatment, and recovery process/time. By the way, this happened in mid NOV with a light freeze (hard freeze earlier in the weeks before the hunt with down in the high 20's) thin ice on shallow water etc. 
By Trackmyer - 11/18/2013 6:02:22 PM
Heh Red Double. 

 As to the first aid kit contents and what to do in an emergency.  I spoke to my Vet about suggested contents that I didnt already have before bringing my dog afield.  Most items could be had at a Tractor Supply type of store.  The meds she gave me to keep in my kit. 

  Most important in my opinion is to pick a Vet who is on call for emergency issues, and one who knows sporting dogs.  My last vet had a message on their answering machine saying "if emergency or after hours please call " with the phone number to a bigger vet.

The vet ive used for last two years knows my dog, and I know her number.  If my dog gets an injury in the swamp on a Sunday I know exactly where to go and who to call.  And that piece of mind is priceless.
By duckman57 - 11/18/2013 6:09:29 PM
Had this happen to my buddy's retriever a couple of years ago.  She was bitten by a big cottonmouth in Central Arkansas.  I'll let a vet give you the info you asked for, but I will suggest that you learn the phone number for the nearest 24 hr. emergency vet clinic and program that into your cell phone.  My buddy was talking to a vet in minutes and was in contact and giving updates on the way to the emergency vet.  It got twitchy for awhile, Sunshine's foot swelled past double and the skin split, and treatment was expensive, but she's still retrieving our ducks.  Weather conditions were similar to what you described.  Hope all works out for you and your dog!