Snake Bit: Vets report spike in pets bitten by snakes


It seems some pets in the Myrtle Beach area are just snake bit.

Local veterinarians say there's been a spike in the number of dogs and cats being bitten by snakes this summer.

Tom Hesselbacher of Animal Emergency Hospital of the Strand tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach ( ) that it's been a heavy snake bite season and he has treated six pets for snake bites in the past week. Vets at VCA Palmetto Hospital say they are treating about seven cases a week.

Snakes are more active in the summer, especially if it's been wet.

Treating pets can be expensive. The antivenin for copperhead, water moccasin and rattlesnake bites costs $450 a dose. Hesselbacher says one family had three dogs treated after they were bitten the same night.

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