Dog Survives Venomous Snake Bite to the Face

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On September 11, 2015, Koko, a four-year-old chocolate lab from Chesterfield County, Va., was out exploring her yard when she encountered copperhead and suffered a snake attack. The snake bit the dog on the face and minutes later the dog’s face was swollen and oozing puss. If it wasn’t because the dog was rushed to a vet in time, Koko would have not survived.


The dog’s owners, Karen and Jamie Meyer weren’t home when the accident happened, but when they returned home, they found their dog whimpering, in pain and scared.

Not knowing what had happened and fearing the worse, the dog owners contacted their vet and soon after rushed Koko to the clinic.

“The copperheads have been out in droves,” Dr. April Rice with Winterfield Veterinarian Hospital told WTVR News. “They definitely can be lethal especially if they aren’t treated. Dogs can go into shock, they can start to have issues with blood clotting and other systemic effects of the copperhead venom.”

The dog was treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and an antihistamine, and a few days later Koko was back to normal.

The Meyers are cautious about letting Koko or their eight-year-old son out in the yard, the last thing they want is for a snake to attack their loved ones again.

34 thoughts on “Dog Survives Venomous Snake Bite to the Face”

  1. I had a Black and Tan Coon Hound who was bitten by a copperhead right behind her nose. Her whole muzzle swelled up, she was only 9 weeks old at the time. Took her to the vet and he fixed her right up with antibiotics and a cortizone shot. After that when a copperhead or stinging scorpions made their way into our yard she would throw a big fit until we came outside and killed it. But for the story above, I truely doubt that within minutes there was puss oozing from the bite, because it was only 10 or 15 minutes before we noticed our girl’s muzzle swelling and there was never ANY puss that oozed from her wound.

  2. I had a dog that we called the snake dog because he was always finding them in the yard and would kill them.The last one he got because he was getting old by now was a cooperhead. I think they hang around our creek. He fought with it and did good to be 12 years old. I took him to the Vet and they ran fluids in him and gave him steroids and pain meds The snake had bit him in the face too but he got alright and lived 2 more years. one great dog.


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