I live in Great Britain and around four hours ago, whilst walking my 7
month old Finnish Spitz through thick bracken, he suddenly yelped in
great pain and was unable to put weight on his front leg. I carried
him to my car and rushed him to my vet, who found two puncture marks
on his front leg so "surmised" he had been bitten by an adder (Other
than the two puncture marks and massive swelling he could find no
other signs of injury - even on an X-ray). But in twenty two years he
has never actually seen a snake bite in a dog!!!
I rushed to my local Hospital collected an anti-snake bite kit, rushed
it back to the vet who now has him on a drip of the anti-venom.
However, snake bites in dogs are (fortunately) extremely rare here in
the UK and my vet was rather vague and non-committal as to the outcome
(he has never treated a snake bite before). Fitz is being kept in the
vets overnight - and possible for a few days - and the vet is going to
phone regularly with progress reports. He did say that it could be
the early part on next week before we have any real news.
However, as both my and my wife's nerves are currently "shot at", has
anybody else in the UK ever been in this situation, what was the
outcome, and any words of encouragement (or gloom!!) would be