Pat Coleby on Vitamin C Treatment for SNAKE  BITES 
Early in 1930, an American, Dr Klenner, did much research on  the use of 
Vitamin C on humans (extensive article on Vitamin C by Dr Klennner  here 
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 In turn a Californian Vet, Dr Wendell Bellfield, carried on the good work 
with  impressive results on all sorts of dog ailments that are generally 
considered  incurable or fatal. Today, in USA, there are now a significant 
number if Vets  practicing alternative Medicine such as this. 
After studying the literature, I (Pat Coleby - is a farmer who  writes 
books on animal care and lectures widely on the subject as well as being  a 
consultant.) decided that I really had nothing to lose trying Vitamin C on my  
own farm animals. The first one was a pony, almost moribund, whose blood was  
later diagnosed as having the largest amount of Tiger Snake venom the Vet 
had  ever seen in an animal. Within 24 hours of being unable to move, and 
also having  considerable difficulty in breathing due to pneumonia, the pony 
was grazing  happily in its owners garden, apparently quite healthy. I only 
had one 30ml  bottle of Vitamin C, half of what I would have liked, so I put 
half of the  bottle into each side of the neck by intramuscular injection. 
After that we treated sundry dogs, two cats and several goats  including a 
stud buck. All recovered. A very valuable Alpaca which was being  watched by 
its owner from her kitchen window went down to the dam to examine  
something. The owner, horrified, watched a large snake rise up and strike it on 
nose - the worst place - and thanked her lucky stars the Vitamin C was in  
the fridge - not still on the shopping list. Rushing out with only 15 mls in 
the  syringe - she injected the Alpaca before any symptoms arose. The snake 
had  looked like a brown or a tiger, the result - happy ending. 
The great advantage of Vitamin C is that anaphylaxis does not  occur and 
the variety of snake does not matter. Vitamin C is cheap, easy to  store and 
taking it on a hunting trip is no problem. All you need is a 20 ml  syringe, 
some largish needles - say No 18 - and the bottle of Vitamin C. It can  all 
be carried in a small wallet on ones belt. In between times it should be  
kept in the fridge. Although the stuff can be carried in Summer without  
deteriorating, I suggest to hunters that they get a fresh supply each Spring  
just to be on the safe side. 
After much reading of printouts of Bellfield's and other  literature, many 
supplied by Dr Glen Dettman, a retired pathologist who lives  near 
Melbourne, I have tried Vitamin C on many situations. A dog in a tick coma,  
bites, dogs with Parvo, Tetanus following a terrible injury from a car,  and 
in cases of shock - all with unfailing success. 
Vitamin C can be used as crushed tablets or powder straight  into the mouth 
in cases of sickness. From my own experience, rubbing the powder  into a 
redback spider bite took the pain (which is incredible) our within  seconds. I 
followed it up with 10 grams by mouth. The spread of the poison in my  arm 
stopped and I was able to resume work within a few minutes. 
The first goat I treated with Vitamin C was given a teaspoon  of ascorbic 
acid powder (about 5 grams) every half hour for two hours, like the  Alpaca, 
he was bitten right on the nose as I later found out. He recovered  
perfectly well. That was in the days before the injectable supplies were  
50 ml bottles of Vitamin C can be obtained from some Chemists, most  fodder 
or pet stores. Make sure the brand is 2 mls per gram and not 4 otherwise  
you need twice as much at twice the cost. I mentioned the size of the needles 
as  18 or thereabouts because the stuff can be slightly glutinous and speed 
is  generally all important on the occasions when it is needed. 
Snake venom affects the nervous system which slows down until  natural 
functions cease and death occurs. A painful way to die. It can cause  instant 
death but this is most unusual and I have never seen it. When a dog has  been 
bitten, its eyes will soon appear to look all black. That is the pupils  
have relaxed and dilated. Since snake bite can - and usually does - occur  
unwitnessed, if your dog slows down and becomes lethargic or distressed, do 
 at the eyes at once and even if they do not show much sign get on with the 
 injection. If by chance the fang marks are detected, (it is usually damp 
around  the bite) rub in Vit C. Even a chewed up tablet will work. But do not 
waste time  looking for the marks. They often only show up a few days later 
when the hair  falls away around them. 
Dogs of 30 to 50 kg will require about 10 - 15 mls* by  intramuscular 
injection in the side of the neck. It was taught by the teaching  Vet at the 
Veterinary College to avoid doing injections in the back legs because  it is 
easy to damage vital nerves there. Three quarters to 1 cm penetration  is 
needed, and, if in doubt, get it under the skin anyway. You can repeat the  
treatment without risk. Vitamin C overdose results in nothing worse than  
diarrhoea, and anaphylaxis cannot occur. However when the dog is really sick it 
 will allow you to do the injecting (which can sting in small animals) 
without  objecting. If it starts to make a fuss you know that it is feeling 
better,  and the subsequent doses should be given as powder in the mouth. 
It is a good  idea to give two or three backups just to make sure all the 
venom has been  detoxified. 
Pat Coleby
Pat is a farmer who writes books on animal care and lectrues  widely on the 
subject as well as being a consultant. 
Read the book by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD entitled: "Curing the Incurable"  
will also see conclusive research showing that Vitamin C is the ideal agent 
for  ... 
-- killing infecting viruses untouched by antibiotics 
-- neutralizing and often eliminating nearly any toxic  substance capable 
of poisoning the body 
-- killing most bacteria, fungi, and other microbial  agents 
-- Vitamin C can prevent, reverse, and/or cure a host  of infectious 
diseases like herpes, hepatitis, AIDS, West Niles Virus, Rocky  Mountain 
Fever, killer influenza viruses, and others. 
-- Vitamin C is a powerful antidote against the toxic  effects of 
pesticides, pollution, poisons, and prescription drugs you face  everyday.
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