But, today our dear Prince, the 7 year old dachshund, was bitten. We have a dog run in our yard to keep the dogs away from all the bushes where snakes could hide. I came home this afternoon from getting a flu shot and found all three dogs on the wrong side of the fence. The doxies had dug under the fence, and big Oliver apparently jumped over to join them. Prince's face was swollen to triple its normal size. I put Oliver and Mickey in the house and took off to the vet.
The vet said he's lucky (if you can call being snake bit lucky) that the snake got him on the nose, and not on his neck (could cause breathing problems) or closer to his heart. They had a supply of anti-venin (no, I didn't spell it wrong - I've now learned that's what it's called). They immediately gave him an injection of Benedryl and by the time hubby met me at the vet, the swelling had already gone down a good bit. But he still looks pitiful - picture a dachshund with a droopy bloodhound head.
So we left him there to get an IV of the anti-venin. We have to go back later tonight to transport him to the overnight Emergency Clinic. Then we'll pick him up in the morning and take him back to the vet.
The good thing is that he can walk, which Mickey couldn't after his bite. So we think he'll be okay.
Hubby has already redesigned our dog pen fencing (in his head) to keep the dogs from digging under. Hopefully, this weekend we will redo the fence per his idea and we will not have this problem again. I'm sure all the rain we've had lately has run the snakes from their nest, sending them into our yard. When Mickey was bitten in July, it had rained for a few days prior.
So here we go again, but hopefully we will again have a happy ending.