- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/2ad29qD ) 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.


Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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