Snake contact

Two species of snakes are frequently involved in fights with dogs. These are Puff Adder and Spitting Cobra.

Snake bites and spits seem  to be more common in dogs than in people. The average Gambian is very much afraid of every snake appearing. This fear results in “escape behaviour” or “killing behaviour”. Mostly with an unfortunate ending for the snake…

Dogs are hard to convince to stay away from something moving in the bush. Especially Labradors are the breed that can’t forget their history of being Gun Dogs!

These are the results…

The poison spread widely over the cornea and started destroying the surface. This is made visible in this picture by the “Fluorescein test”, a dye applied onto the cornea. The test here is positive, the cornea is stained by the dye, a proof for damage to it’s surface.

An intensive flushing and medication for the damaged Cornea has to start at this point, otherwise the poison causes an irreversible damage:

This case could only be solved by an enucleation of the affected eye…