With around 4,000 snakebites a year in South Africa and over 1,000 people being hospitalised, the danger of a snakebite should never be underestimated.
Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to first aid procedures and in some bites this could be the difference between life and death.
This has resulted in a compact and comprehensive guide to first aid for snakebite being produced by well-known herpetologist and best-selling author Johan Marais of the African Snakebite Institute. This is the second first aid booklet produced and now contains a section on what to do if your pet gets bitten by a snake.
The 28 page booklet contains important snakebite emergency telephone numbers, advice on what not to do following a snakebite followed by clear advice on what to do. There is a section on snake venom and how it works as well as advice for venom in the eyes and what to do if an animal is bitten by a snake. The booklet is in full colour and well-illustrated.
Available from the African Snakebite Institute for R40, inclusive of local postage.