Vet’s warning after dog bitten by adder in Essex nature reserve
Pet owners have been given an “important” warning ahead of the summer months after a dog narrowly avoided serious injury after being bitten by a snake. The incident occurred at a nature reserve in Essex and required medical care from vets.
Experts at Medivet in Southend have warned pet owners about the risks of going for walks in adder-known areas and in areas of long grass where your pet might stumble upon a snake. It comes after an Italian Spinone named Florence had a run-in with an Adder at Benfleet Downs near the car park.
The south Essex nature reserve is a popular dog walking location. But it can come with its risks due to long grass covering hidden dangers.
The bite occurred on Florence’s leg and caused swelling. Pictures shared by the vets showed substantial swelling to the pooch’s paw as well as the puncture mark.
A spokesperson for Medivet in Southend said: “As it starts to warm up, Adders will start to emerge from hibernation so be especially careful of walking dogs in known adder areas and in areas of long grass where your dog might stumble across one. If you suspect your dog may have received a bite from an adder, please call us on 01702 526666.”
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