Do you know the signs and symptoms of Equine Snake Bite?

Do you know the signs and symptoms of Equine Snake Bite?

Posted by Scone Equine Hospital on 18th Nov 2018

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a snake bite and what to do in an emergency?

Snake bite reactions can differ in every horse due to different species, amount of venom, and where the horse was bitten. As horses can be quite inquisitive, snake bites can often be seen on the face or muzzle, but more often than not, bite marks are hard to detect due to the narrow shape of the fangs. Bites on the horse’s face are the most difficult to treat due to the high blood supply, causing rapid absorption.

Signs and Symptoms of a Snake Bite:

Wobbly gait and weakness

Laboured breathing

Colic signs – sweating/pawing/rolling

Swollen muzzle

Dilated pupils

Bleeding from mouth or nose

These symptoms can also be indicators of other diseases, including Hendra virus infection so if your horse has any of the above symptoms, or you suspect that they have been bitten, it is important to keep the horse as calm as possible and avoid exposing yourself or anyone else to any secretions or discharges from the horse’s nose, mouth or eyes.

Call your veterinarian immediately. It is vital that your horse is treated as soon as possible to achieve the best possible outcome.


Please Note: *CUSTOMER SELF DECLARATION* By purchasing any prescription product from the SEG Online store, you acknowledge and agree the following is true and accurate.

  1. I confirm that my horse was examined by a Scone Equine Group veterinarian who prescribed this medication for use in the horse’s treatment on the basis of their diagnosis of the horse’s condition.
  2. By confirming this order, I agree to use this prescription medication in the manner prescribed, on horses under my care and for which I have the authority to act under veterinary direction.
  3. I have read and understood that I need to seek immediate veterinary advice if my horse’s condition changes or deteriorates in any way whilst being treated with this prescription medication.

NB: If there is a particular prescription product you need which is not on this list, please contact your SEH veterinarian directly.