The owners of a dog left critically ill after being bitten by an adder in Thetford Forest have warned others to tread carefully when walking near long grass.

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Zoe Arthur and Clayton Quintin had to take their whippet, Billy, to the vet earlier this month when his back leg swelled to twice its size, later returning when it turned black and puncture wounds appeared.

The dog was kept in for observation but later that night his breathing worsened and he was taken to a specialist unit at Potters Bar in Hertfordshire.

Billy was lucky, however, and the next morning he was taken out of intensive care and after a further four days the couple were able to take him home.

Ms Arthur, a secretary from Brighton, who was holidaying with her partner, a handyman, near Thetford Forest, on August 2 when the incident happened, said: “With hindsight, instead of walking ahead and sniffing around, he walked close by so it probably happened quite early on in the walk.

“I’d say to other people to just be aware and if the dog is limping after a walk, examine him well.”

The seven-year-old whippet has now made a full recovery.

“It’s a miracle really – it was the worst weekend of my life,” Ms Arthur added.

“I think we will keep him away from long grass now, although you don’t want wrap your dog in cottonwool, and we will stay away from breeding grounds for snakes - we later found out Thetford Forest is known for them.”

7 comments

  • my dog sam is now 5 but at 1 year was bitten by an adder at winterton dunes and nearly lost his life.he was given huge doses of anti venom and if he has another snake bite it will kill him.just be aware it can happen especially in september which is nesting season

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    Helena Webb

    Sunday, August 19, 2012

  • Billy looks like he has adder'nough!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Makes a change from hearing about people being savaged by dangerous dogs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Billy looks like he has adder'nough!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Rather than treading carefully the trick might be to tread rather heavily so that snakes get a warning and get out of the way. Dogs are more difficult, I keep mine on the lead and on the path at Winterton at riskier times, and definitely don't let it poke about in the heather.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Billy looks like he has adder'nough!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Someone was badly bitten by a dog in the High St. on Monday. Haven`t seen a report in any newspaper....... perhaps they`ve adder`nough doggie stories, eh, Mellow_Yellow? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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