Dog that saved owner from attacking snake nearly dies

Gudrun Mastriano and her family 
By: Aarav Sen 

A woman was attacked by a poisonous snake, but was saved by a dog as it served as her bodyguard, according to press reports.

Gudrun Mastriano of Kissimmee, Florida, was walking her daughter's dog home when a poisonous black cottonmouth snake, just inches away, suddenly attacked her.

The dog lunged to protect Mastriano, captured the snake in his mouth and dragged it away. However, during the fight, the snake's fangs sunk into the dog’s muzzle and legs.

"It could have been me," Mastriano said. "I would have died."

The dog swelled up to about 17 times as the snake’s deadly poison settled into its body, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"I thought it looked like a baby hippo," Mastriano said.

Mastriano immediately brought the injured dog to a veterinary emergency clinic, where it was stabilized and treated with antidotes before being transferred to another facility for rehabilitation.

During the past two months, the dog received oxygen therapy. Veterinarians concentrated oxygen delivered to the damaged cells of the dog seven times to reduce inflammation and speed healing.

The dog rejuvenated and was now ready to meet its owner Charlotte Eierle.