When it comes to snakes, cats are better off

Published May 20, 2020

Did you know that cats are twice as likely to survive a snakebite as dogs? Seems so. Part of that (say the University of Queensland researchers who looked into it) is because dogs tend to stick their nose in, but part is because of dog’s blood.

Apparently dogs’ faster clotting — usually a good thing — is deadly if they’ve been bitten.

“The spontaneous clotting time of the blood – even without venom – was dramatically faster in dogs than in cats. This suggests that the naturally faster clotting blood of dogs makes them more vulnerable to these types of snake venoms.

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