Dudley the dog recovers from snake bite

Melanie and Benjamin Weston with their dog Dudley, a staffy/boxer cross, who survived a snake bite.
Melanie and Benjamin Weston with their dog Dudley, a staffy/boxer cross, who survived a snake bite. Lee Constable

WITHIN minutes of being bitten by a whip snake, Dudley started frothing at the mouth.

The staffy-boxer cross is the beloved dog of the Westman family, who rushed him straight to the vet after he was bitten by the snake.

The six-year-old canine has now made a full recovery but the family's scary experience sends a message to other pet owners that snakes are still out and about.

"We didn't see the snake actually bite him, but when he was lying down on the tiles inside I could see his mouth was all swollen," Deb Westman said yesterday.

Mrs Westman called their local veterinarian, David Lemmon of the Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital.

"We didn't know what type of snake it was, so they checked to see if his blood was clotting. If their blood doesn't clot it means that it's a brown snake," she said.

Dudley was given fluids and a big hit of Vitamin C.

"He then spent a really restful afternoon on the couch," she said.

The family was in the yard on Saturday when Dudley spotted the snake in the garden of their Mt Pleasant home.

Mrs Westman said they had seen some snakes in their yard recently as the block behind their property was an unused cane paddock, which was recently slashed.

Although the family tried their best to call Dudley away from the snake, they were unsuccessful.

"He just hates snakes," she said.

Since the incident they have tidied up around their yard to try to deter snakes from moving in.

"We have talked about snake-proofing the yard... but then we still want the snakes to be able to get out," she said.

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