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Re: Balloon Lab

 So sorry about the snake bite.  If you could get a nice big black snake,
it would take care of your copperheads...maybe keep things in balance.  I
didn't know they had anti-venom for dogs...I think a few years ago, you
might not have been able to do anything.   I love your description and hope
he has begun to deflate.  One of our former cats went after a big snake and
ended up with a serious infection at the base of his tail...cats are pretty
fast but snakes can be faster...(the cat was soon ok...antibiotics are
Bonnie ETN Zone 7 

> [Original Message]
> From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/11/2005 11:50:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] I'm exhausted
> Andrea, Thank goodness you were there when it happened. No location is
> completely safe. My sister's dog (a Lab mix) was allergic to bee stings
> and kept medication on hand. But what if they had been at work when it
> happened?
> My cat Mick apparently (my vet doesn't agree with the clinic's
> diagnosis) got bitten by a tick that gave him some sort of blood problem
> that almost killed him. He gave no indication of a problem until one
> Sunday as he walked toward me, he keeled over. I rushed him to the
> clinic barely in time; they thought he was a goner. Required a complete
> blood tranfusion at about $300. Total ended up at nearly $800, but he's
> fine now. What if this had happened on a weekday while I was at work?
> I'm so glad Gracie will be ok. You're right, you have to take
> precautions as long as you know you have that kind of wildlife
> possibility. That sort of clean up comes before you do anything else.
> People say my cats should be indoors, they'd be safer. But I think they
> have a richer life being indoor/outdoor and I get them all the possible
> safeguards I can.
> --
> Kitty 
> neIN, Zone5
> -------------- Original message -------------- 
> > and it's only 10:30 in the morning. Was out drinking my coffee on the 
> > porch this morning and two of the dogs started raising a ruckus behind 
> > the house. Saw my Lab, Gracie jump backward and shake her head and 
> > though Oh Sh--, it's a snake. It was, she got it in the nose three 
> > times. Copperhead. I've spent the morning at the vet with her. Raced to 
> > another vet to get antivenom as mine was out due to this being his
> > dog/snake bite in less than a week. Fortunately, I had just given her 
> > benadryl for breakfast for allergies. So, he pumped her full of 
> > steroids, more benadryl, antivenom, antibiotics, and fluid. I've got to 
> > take her back this afternoon for another round of fluid. She's resting 
> > in her crate right now. 
> > 
> > 
> > I'm getting ready to go clean all the crap out from around the back of 
> > the house. Pots, shelving, etc and mow down some of the more prolific 
> > jungle in which they can hide. By the time I got the dogs into the
> > and went back out with shovel in hand it had disappeared, of course. 
> > Normally, I don't go after things with a shovel, but I would have
> > it had I been able to find it. I am now probably about $600 poorer, the 
> > antivenom alone was $300. Ouch. Poor Gracie looks like a Labrador 
> > balloon. 
> > 
> > 
> > I swear I'm going to move someday. The heat, bugs, expense of living on
> > coast, and now the local wildlife are making me crazy. 
> > 
> > 
> > Andrea H 
> > Beaufort, SC 
> > 
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