At last some sunshine! But watch out there are Adders about!
We would like to warn owners of the possible danger of Adders as Vets Now have seen their first adder bite of the year on a dog from the Great Bentley area.
Adders are commonly found on dry sandy heaths, sand dunes, rocky hillsides, moorland and woodland edges
The warmer weather means they are venturing out of winter hiding places to bask in the sunshine.
Dogs are naturally curious and are likely to go and investigate which may result in a bite to the face or the legs/paws as the dog tries to back away.
Adders are timid creatures and do not intentionally attack without provocation and most adder bite incidents are due to accidental encounters as the adders naturally defend themselves.
Common signs of a bite are sudden pain and distress and localised swelling which can lead to lethargy, subdued demeanour, 2 small puncture wounds may be visible.
Not all adder bites may contain venom but as a precautionary measure, should you suspect your pet has been bitten, please contact us as soon as possible.
Here is Molly, feeling slightly sorry for herself after an Adder bite to her nose, in the second picture you can see the puncture marks where the Adder has bitten. Molly made a full recovery from her adventures.