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Animal Hospital Sees Uptick in Snake Bites

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sky Arnold) -- A Brentwood animal hospital says it's seeing an uptick in snakes biting dogs.

The Blue Pearl Veterinarian Partners has seen 9 bites this summer including three in the last week and a half.

Shayne Lovell's Lab-Whippit mix Duke became the latest victim Wednesday.

  "He was holding his leg up to show me he was hurt and he was licking it that's when I knew this was not a good sign," said Lovell.

Lovell says Duke was big while playing on a family member's rural land and he didn't see the injured paw for several hours later.

Lovell says he immediately rushed his companion for the last 9 years to Blue Pearl Veterinarian Partners for treatment.

He says the drive was terrible.

"I was just worried.  I don't want him to die.  I didn't know how severe it was I know it wasn't normal it was bleeding," said Lovell.

Dr. Carly Waugh says her hospital has likely been seeing more bites because snakes are out in the warm weather along with people and pets.

Dr. Waugh says owners may not always see the bite marks but snake venom is painful and it can cause nausea or vomiting.

Much like Duke's case it often causes swelling and left untreated it can be fatal.

"It's got all these enzymes that will chew up all the tissue and cause bruising problems," said Dr. Waugh.

That's why veterinarians say it's so important to seek medical assistance like Lovell did if you think your dog is bitten.

Thursday evening Duke went home safe.

"You know this is a a family member.  he's been in my life he was a puppy I raised always wagging his tail when I came home," said Lovell.