Many people have horrid dreams of snakes, but for dogs, the slithery serpents can be a nightmare.
According to CBS Denver
, canine owners in the U.S. area are being warned to watch out for the reptiles. In fact, the Great Plains Dog Park, located in Aurora, Colorado, has been closed because of a rise in attacks.
"I thought my dog had just stepped on a thorn and I checked her feet and didn't see anything," Monica Wirth told the news source. "She kept limping and then a friend of mine said there are rattlesnakes up here."
People who want to help animals
and parents of pooches shouldn't go crazy with worry. In fact, DoctorDog.com stresses that bites which look like a horseshoe are mostly harmless. However, if a pup shows signs of restlessness, panting and drooling, dog owners should head to the veterinarian immediately.
Skip Stewart, another parent of a canine, stresses the importance of watching your furry friend carefully.
"You just have to be cautious and keep your dogs near you enough and hope that they are smart enough that if they see a snake they'll not tempt fate," he told the news outlet.