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PHOTOS: More adders seen on Cornish coast path

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Published by Emma Carton at 10:09am 17th May 2018. (Updated at 2:20pm 17th May 2018)

Fresh warnings after more adders seen on Cornish coast path

A fresh warning is going out to dog owners after more adders were spotted on the coast path in Cornwall.

Simon sent these photos to Pirate FM, taken on Hayle Towans, after yet another weekend of warm weather.

It comes after Pirate FM told you about a pet rushed to the vets after bitten by a snake near Pendeen.


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Little Cara suffered a severe reaction after it happened during a walk between Botallack and Levant.

Her owner, Cornwall councillor Sue James, managed to get the spaniel to the vets within 40 minutes.

However, she told Pirate FM another dog was also taken to vets in the area just an hour later.

Sue said: "Warning of Adders around Cornwall so please be vigilant if walking dogs where there is long grass.

"My dog got bitten when I was walking the coastal footpath and the adder was right next to it in a longish, small patch of grass."

Sue has been updating her followers on Cara's progress as she struggled to overcome the reaction.

The pup was forced to return to the surgery for anti-venom treatment after the antihistamine failed to work.

Sue says that vets thought things were 'touch and go' at one point but by the following weekend, Cara was stable and on the mend.

Posting a week after the bite, Sue said: "All the swelling has gone down but some tests on her urine still leave some worries so we are back there again on Friday, just to check these have resolved as hoped.

"She is still on medication but 5 days after her encounter with the adder, it seems she has pulled through.

"Just to reassure folk though, the vet also said today that Cara’s reaction to the bite was the worst he had ever seen so we’ve been very unlucky".

In the latest update, Sue added: "After a worrying 9 days since the Adder encounter, Cara has been given a clean bill of health! Thanks for all the kind messages".

How can I keep my dog safe?

Here's what to do if your dog gets bitten:

  • First of all, seek veterinary attention.
  • Stay calm - it’s important to remember not to panic as your dog is highly likely to fully recover if treatment is given promptly.
  • Carry your dog (rather than allow him or her to walk) to try and reduce the spread of venom around the body.
  • Bathe the wound in cold water to help control the swelling and try to keep your dog quiet and warm as you travel to your nearest vet practice.
  • As with any emergency, it is a good idea to ring your vet in advance to let them know what has happened and your estimated time of arrival. This means the practice can make sure they have a vet available to see you and it gives them time to prepare any treatments.
  • If you’re unaware your dog has been bitten but you notice anything which may be suggestive of a bite later on, it’s important that you ring your vet without delay, even if it is outside of normal opening hours.

You can find out more about what to do and signs to look out for here.

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