Puppy bitten by adder (UK) help wanted.

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Puppy bitten by adder (UK) help wanted.

Post by Ken Batters » Sat, 26 Aug 2000 04:00:00



Hi

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
appreciated.

Regards

Ken Battersby

 
 
 

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Post by Marie Castellan » Sat, 26 Aug 2000 04:00:00


What a terrible thing for all of you to go through.  I hope everything works
out for your dog.  Good luck to you.
Marie


Quote:
> Hi

> 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
> appreciated.

> Regards

> Ken Battersby

 
 
 

Puppy bitten by adder (UK) help wanted.

Post by shootingstar.. » Sat, 26 Aug 2000 04:00:00


go to alt.med.veterinary. there are vets on there that may be able to
help . also i e-mailed a vet in the uk and hope he will  respond to you.
i gave your e-mail addess. check your personal home site.  best of luck
to you
 
 
 

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Post by shootingstar.. » Sun, 27 Aug 2000 04:00:00


ken i tried to send you messages from the vet but the mail kept comming
back saying address has fatal  errors.------here are some sites the vets
gave.  www.banta.connectfree.co.uk/adder.html   and
www.remotemedics.co.uk/002.html-------------------they said that most
care is  supportive and that with" proper care" most all dogs will make
it from what they read.  but a few have not.  they gave me a couple
reports which i tried to mail you and they would not go
through-----please write my private e-mail site and   maybe i can get
the report to go through. thanks
 
 
 

Puppy bitten by adder (UK) help wanted.

Post by shootingstar.. » Sun, 27 Aug 2000 04:00:00


 sorry that one had three 000 so it is
www.remotemedics.co.uk/0002.html-------and
www.banta.connectfree.co.uk/adder.html
 
 
 

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Post by shootingstar.. » Sun, 27 Aug 2000 04:00:00


ken i tried to send you again and  they didn't post back so i guess you
got all the attachments from the vets.  hope this helps. here is another
site they gave me. www.csl.com.au------- just in case.-------my web tv
is  hopefully on the ball now.
 
 
 

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Post by shootingstar.. » Sun, 27 Aug 2000 04:00:00


 i guess i had to put the http://www.remotemedics.co.uk/0002.htm and
then http://www.branta.connectfree.co.uk/adders.htm------then
http://www.csl.com.au--------i am sorry but  i thought  that the http
would be automatically be put in.-------   now i hope this time it
works.  when i search out something it is automattically put on  by  my
web tv so i just thought it would put it  in   but it didn't.  ----as
you see i am not the greatest at it.  
 
 
 

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Post by shootingstar.. » Sun, 27 Aug 2000 04:00:00


i double checked my web sites here and i do not know why but  i can only
get the first one (from this posting) .   i hope that with a computer
that you can get all three. is there anyone  with web tv that  could
please tell me if you can log on to these as i wrote them.   i had
someone else even double check  for me. if i do it from the    search
site-----i can log on to --   but when i log on from here (at this
posting) it won't go through.  i would appreciate some advice on this
-----------can others log on to all three sites with a computer?    i am
hoping it is just my web provider?  thank you
 
 
 

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Post by Ken Batters » Mon, 28 Aug 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hi

>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

Hi

Many thanks to all those who were concerned by Fitz's snakebite - too
many to thank individually.  It is reassuring to find so many
"strangers" so interested in Fitz's problems.

Basically, on Friday (within three hours of him being bitten) Fitz was
"pumped full" of anti-snakebite serum; he was kept on a drip all
Friday night with his leg raised to try to control the swelling (plus
ice packs applied) and was given antibiotics for any infection.

Saturday morning he was allowed to come home.  My vet said that really
he should have stayed at the surgery for another day but would
obviously be happier and less stressed at home.  Fitz spent most of
Saturday sleeping and feeling a bit sorry for himself.

He has just been for a check-up (Sunday AM) and the vet is pleased
with his recovery.  He is on a course of antibiotics as a precaution
and has to return in a week for another check but everything appears
fine.

He is still slightly subdued but feels well enough to instigate
chasing games with our other (11 weeks old) puppy.  So apart from the
minor worry of possible internal organ damage (hopefully unlikely, he
was treated quickly) Fitz seems to have had a lucky escape from his
snakebite.

Regards - and many thanks again for your concern.

Ken Battersby

 
 
 

Puppy bitten by adder (UK) help wanted.

Post by shootingstar.. » Mon, 28 Aug 2000 04:00:00


i am very happy for you ken  and glad that your dog is ok. the  vet that
gave me the web sites for you  has a dog in now  bitten by a adder and
he said that the leg was bad and that there will usually be  lots of
sloughing of the tissue etc. as there was with  the  dog he has in the
clinic right now.    so i am very happy that you  were with your dog and
got immediate attention.  i hope that  you will keep those web sites
bookmarked just in case someone  else in the uk has a problem  and  a
record of the meds give etc. so that  maybe you can help someone else
--------- antivenom given etc and i am not sure i have the right words
for this  but you will understand.    boy  your dog was lucky.  happy
for you.