Nice discussion on complementary care for snake bite! I live in GA and recently my 8 yr old Vizsla was bitten and envenomated by a pit viper, a Copperhead. Opted NOT for antivenin therapy, rather: prednisone, antibiotic, and Benadryl as Rx by my Vet. My background is partly medical research and worked in a complementary med practice ( for humans ). Wanting to add to my Vizsla’s care I did ( like I would for work ) a literature survey of pertinent research and anecdotal discussion.
I could make this long, but cut to the chase:
1. There is good evidence for Indian & Bangladesh studies that tea, green tea, is a likely modulator of envenomation.
I’m giving my Vizsla one capsule of green tea extract. More might be indicated but use caution, dogs that got too much were sickened.
2. I’m giving milk thistle cap as well as dandelion tea for liver / kidney support.
3. Benadryl & Prednisone therapy, while debated is a good idea nevertheless; while it doesn’t stop the toxins in the venom it ameliorates some of the symptoms that cause necrosis of tissue.
You can find discussion of same by a vet in FL who swears by it.
4. 30mg CoQ10 as supportive.
5. Canned pumpkin as supportive nutrition, at least enough to be a base to add some of above to.
I hope this above research helps someone / community!