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Area vets note increase in snake bites on household pets

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?

Well, it turns out there's been a spike in reports of pets being brought in to be treated for snake bites, according to many veterinarians in the area.

Dr. Meagan Herbers of the Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals says she's seen a few of them herself.

"We've seen a lot of animals come in with swollen limbs, a swollen face," said Herbers. "Treatments vary. Different snakes have different potencies of their venom, the age of the snake can also make a difference in treatment."

Herbers says she's seen double the amount of snake bites they've seen in years past. She's already lost one dog due to a snake bite.

Even the Rudy Mancke, the University of South Carolina's well-known naturalist, says he's noticed more issues with snakes recently.

"I've gotten more snakes, more snake calls, a greater diversity of species shown to me this year than I've had in a long, long time," said Mancke.

Mancke points at the wetter summer and the fact it got warmer much sooner than normal as to why he's seen the increase.

So what can you do to help your pets avoid a terrible fate?

Herbers says the most important thing to do if you suspect your pet was bit by snake is to bring it to the vet as soon as possible.

"The longer you wait, the poorer the prognosis," said Herbers.

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