Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pit Viper Bite

The recent snake bite was Jess' latest near-death experience.

I think one of these bad dudes (a copperhead) bit her, but we couldn't find the criminal anywhere.

Moments after the bite, Chance initiated the rescue by safely carrying Jess to the truck.

At the truck, Jess started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

We waited a few minutes, but her paw only swelled larger.

Chance drove to the main road while Cassy stabilized the patient and while I tried to find a vet open on the weekend.  Look at the size of that paw!

We left Jess overnight at an emergency clinic where they gave her antibiotics, pain meds, and fluids.  We took her home the next day and she was back to chasing the ball after about 5 days.

3 weeks later, the paw is still healing.  You can see the two fang marks.

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