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More dogs bitten by adders in Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:01am 26th May 2018

Fresh warning to owners as more dogs are bitten by adders

Vets have issued a fresh warning about adders, as Cornwall's warm weather continues.

Calweton Pet Health, based in Callington, posted on its Facebook page to say some pets had fallen ill.

The practice says in recent days, it has had a few cases of animals bitten during walks on Kit Hill.

The post reads: "Bites usually occur on the head or legs. This causes pain and swelling at the bite site within two hours and can cause lethargy, depression and lead to breathing difficulties.

"If your dog is bitten, please contact the practice straight away. If possible, carry your dog to the car to prevent the spread of venom and bathe the wound with cool water on the way in".

In the last few weeks, adders have been spotted across west Cornwall, including at Hayle Towans.

Not long before that, Pirate FM told you about the dog rushed to the vets after being bitten near Pendeen.

Little Cara suffered a severe reaction after it happened during a walk between Botallack and Levant.
She had to have urgent treatment but, luckily, has finally been given the all-clear: Read more.



How can I keep my dog safe?

What do I do if my dog is 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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