Snakes are out in force this summer, with one veterinarian warning they've already seen the devastating impact of bites.
Border Snake Rescue's Tristan Hamilton said a wet spring had resulted in long grass and moisture throughout the region - an ideal situation for snakes.
"There's been heaps [of snakes] out this year, a lot more than the last two years," he said.
"The heat, all the water around and all the food with mice around, there's been a lot more snakes."
Mr Hamilton said the best way to avoid snakes was to keep yards tidy and lawns mowed.
"If a snake has food, water and shelter if you've got those three thing, you will have snakes pretty much no matter what - if you get rid of two of those things you have a lot less chance having snakes around," he said.
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Family Vet Centre's Nadine Miller said the best thing an owner can do if they suspect their pet has been bitten by a snake was to take them to the vet immediately.
"We've been seeing a fair few [snake bites], multiple a week, sometimes even multiple a day," she said.
"It's been a pretty big snake season, so far we've managed to save well over 90 per cent of them.
"The best thing you can do is not mess around, don't second guess yourself, don't wonder about what is the best thing do - if think might be bite by a snake get in car and call your vet on way."
Dr Miller said dogs don't always behave as expected after being bitten by a snake so timely veterinary care was essential.
"The most dangerous situation for owners is when a dog collapses or vomits but then... seems to recover, we often see they'll go through a temporary improvement after a collapse but that improvement is often short-lived.
"It's often a sign a really big bite if they've collapsed at the time, then gotten back up again. We sadly see a lot of pets lost that way, people say don't know what that episode was and think they're okay now - but they're not okay."
Dr Miller said dog owners should look out for the common signs of a snake bite - wobbliness, shaking, excessive panting, drooling and vomiting.
She said you shouldn't rely on seeing the bite as many times it's not visible.
Cats often only present with symptoms a day after being bitten and owners often report paralysis with cats walking oddly or dragging their hind legs.
To minimise the risk of a snake bite owners should stay away from bushy areas during walks, keep their yards tidy and mowed, and keep their pets on a leash.
If camping or on a rural properties dogs should be kept close at hand so owners can see what is around.
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