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Are snakes dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?

Very few people really like snakes. These slithery little reptiles like to hide in areas, and then creep up on you when you are least expecting them. Many people have overturned a tarp, moved a rock, or scattered some branches that were clumped in their yard, only to find a number of snakes living there. While most of them may be non-venomous, the site of these little ropes can be quite disturbing, and will frequently lead people to scurry away terrified by their presence.

It is true that the vast majority of snakes are not venomous. However, that does not mean that they do not pose a risk and danger to your cat, dog, or other pet. Snakes can be a very dangerous creature, in fact, for many reasons.

First of all, it starts with the fact that these animals are quite aggressive, and will bite at anything, even if that animal is not being aggressive with them. Your dog or cat walking across your yard, can draw the ire of the snake, who will plunge its fangs into your pet.

While the snake may not contain poison of any kind, it still likely has bacteria and viruses that can pose a serious health risk to your pet. Once the snake has bidden into your cat or dog, you can be sure that it saliva has worked its way into the skin your pet, allowing the pathogens to get into the bloodstream of your animal. This can be very dangerous to its long-term health.

You also have to consider that there are snakes that are the carriers of venom. If one of these kinds of snakes were to bite into your dog or cat, they would inject their venom into your pet which, in the vast majority of cases, would lead to death. If you are a person who lives in areas where there is a warmer climate, then this is the kind of risk that you are more likely to find. Most of the venomous kinds of snakes live in warm weather climates, so if your dog or cat is bitten by a snake you should assume that he or she could be at serious risk.

However, the primary way that you should be concerned about the danger of a snake is in terms of the diseases that it is caring. All wild animals carry some kind of disease, many of which can be quite dangerous to other animals. Whether you are talking about parasites, bacteria, or viruses, these diseases and pathogens can be life-threatening in many cases. Snakes are not the carriers of such things as rabies or leprosy, but they will carry other kinds of diseases that are a health risk.

If you find that your pet has been bitten by a snake, or his even come in contact with one, for that matter, it is a good idea to take your pet in to the veterinarian to get seen and make sure that he or she is okay. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.

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