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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Snakes in Winter?

on Wednesday, 08 June 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Many people associate snake activity with the warming weather so Summer is known as snake season. However they are also quite active as the weather cools as they try to find places to warm up so it is best to be vigilant in Autumn too.

Snakes are shy creatures and will avoid contact if they can, but our pets (and many people!) don’t know that. If a snake feels threatened, it will bite.

Most common around this area is the eastern brown snake. Not all eastern brown snakes are brown in colour and not all brown coloured snakes are eastern browns. Non-venomous snakes can be easily confused with the very venomous eastern brown snake.

Other common venomous snakes in this area are...

the red belly black, tiger, whip, rough scaled and small eyed snake.

If you see your cat or dog getting bitten or you have a strong suspicion, DO NOT WASTE ANY TIME. Contact the vet immediately for a examination of your pet.

Snake bite envenomation can present in many different ways. Most obvious is when the animal continues to bleed from the bite site or is staggering. Your animal can be restless and anxious, unstable on its feet, paralysed, can even start fitting - all this within an hour of the bite. After this first episode they can improve, only to severely crash a few hours later.

Sometimes the animal might only present depressed without appetite or will to move - symptoms you can see with basically any other disease!

In cats the onset of symptoms is slower. Cats commonly become completely paralysed. The cat can also be restless and anxious, might be drooling or bleeding from the bite site.

Envenomated animals often can’t clot their blood, so a simple clotting test can be an important diagnostic tool. Furthermore their red blood cells can break down and this can easily be seen in a few drops of blood. Finally their muscles react strongly to the venom and this can be tested in the blood as well.

Antivenin especially for brown snakes is available, but if the snake species in question is unknown, treatment with multi-antivenin is used.

With appropriate treatment, animals can recover well from snake bite envenomation, but the sooner the treatment- the better the chance of full recovery! Treatment includes hospitalisation with intravenous fluids following antivenin administration, but may also include oxygen therapy, medication to stop seizures, antibiotics, and more.

The take home messages – don’t mess with snakes and don’t delay bringing your pet to the vet! Treatment for snake bite can be expensive. To find out about treatment, costs and pet insurance please contact our friendly staff.

Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply


Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599


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