A few days ago the other half and i took our 2 dogs for a nice evening walk along the river at South Fambridge, the day had been hot and there was a nice breeze blowing so we thought, how better to spend a couple of hours after a hot, sweaty day at work. Its a beautiful place to visit as theres nothing but fields and of course the river itself.
The next morning we noticed that Harry, the golden retriever, was a bit listless and had a lot of trouble getting of his bed to go and have his morning wee. Nothing really to worry about as he,s 9 years old now and after a long run he gets stiff joints for a couple of days. It was only as he was hobbling back up the garden that we noticed his left paw was very swollen, so we took a look and found it was huge, as well as some swelling running up his leg. We got an emergency appointment with our vet, thinking that he might of got an infection from maybe a cut he might of got from the walk. When we arrived at the vets she took a look at Harrys paw and without hesitation pronounced what was the cause of the swelling. Harry had been bitten by an ADDER.
I put a few pictures here of what an ADDER looks like for those who havn,t seen one before. They are lovely looking creatures and would rather slither away into the grass than attack, but they will if they have too.
They like to sunbath when the sun is nice and hot as they are cold blooded and their favourite places are on concrete, old sheets of metal and patches of dry soil surrounded by grass.
So when your going out for a walk anytime soon please be aware that there is apparently an influx of these snakes around the country at the moment and to keep your eyes open to the danger of someone you love being bitten.
If you, or someone you know is bitten, which is not a very common occurrence, here are a few things to remember. Don,t panic, easier said than done, as this rsises your heart rate and will pump the venom around the body quicker. Don,t try and squeeze the wound to get the venom out as this will result in the area swelling and will force the venom into the blood stream quicker. Don,t leave it too long to go to the hospital, get there quickly to stop it in tracks.
Well i hope this hasn,t put you off from enjoying our beautiful countryside and just keep an eye out when you do.
Right i,m off down the vets........