While the desert landscape can be incredibly breathtaking, it can also be very dangerous to our pets. From snake bites to scorpion stings, cactus injuries and more, it’s important to stay vigilant as a pet parent. AZPetVet’s Dr. Amy Schomburg shares some symptoms to look for, as well as some helpful treatment suggestions with Gina and the Your Life Arizona viewers.
Symptoms of Snake Bite
- Change in Gum Color (Brick Red or Pale)
- Rapid Breathing & Heart Rate
- Continuous Licking of Paws
- Digging at Ears
- Oozing From Puncture Wound
- Collapse From Shock
Get to the vet immediately! Dogs must be treated for snake bite within four hours of the bite for best chance of recovery. Remove collars and halters if swelling is occurring near the head or limbs.
Symptoms of Scorpion Sting
- Localized Swelling
- Smaller dogs can experience seizures
Foxtails & Cactus
If your dog comes in contact with a cactus, try gently pulling the barbs out with a pair of pliers. Foxtail can be quite dangerous to pets, as the barbed seed heads can work their way into your dogs eyes, ears, mouth, paws or skin. Left untreated, they can cause serious infection.
Not sure what to do? When in doubt, seek help from your veterinarian.