Dog owner warned as adder bite means pet might have leg amputated

A devastated dog owner has been warned his beloved dog might have to have his leg amputated after an adder bite.

The poor Olde English Bulldogge was bitten by the snake, which left him limping,

Buster the dog was out on a walk with his owner North Bransholme when he came out from a patch of grass with "little yellow bites" on one of his back legs.

Although Buster was able to walk home, over last weekend his condition began to worsen, reports Hull Live.

His wound had deteriorated and blood and pus began to explode from his leg, leading his Hull dog owner to take him for emergency veterinary treatment.

The nasty bite left Buster looking like he had "been stabbed" according to owner Sean Parker, who is now wanting to warn other pet owners to be aware of the damage snakes can do.

Following the bite, a vet advised his owners that poison in the bite had started "eating away at his skin" meaning the wound had to be cleaned out.

Explaining what happened on Friday night and the days following the bite, Sean said: "He was limping on his back leg. He had little yellow bites. We thought he had been bitten by a flea or something.

"It happened while out walking, with his leg ballooning up about three times the size before exploding in our home – blood all over the place.

"Blood and pus was just spraying out as if it was from a main artery.

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"It looked like a friction burn or like he'd been stabbed. It was like a gash.

"It now looks like his skin has started eroding."

Mr Parker says a friend had told him that there had been "quite a few sightings" of adders in the North Bransholme area before a vet confirmed to the family that Buster had been bitten by a snake.

After struggling to get an emergency appointment, Sean's partner managed to get Buster a video consultation before being rushed for a further consultation – this time in person – on Wednesday lunchtime.

That is when they were told that Buster may lose his leg as a result of the attack.

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"The Mrs spoke to a vet on a video call this morning and they were saying it looks like an adder bite. They also said it could be something called Alabama skin rot," he said.

"It’s a very severe bite and the poison is eating away at his skin.

"They have Buster in there now and are giving him a good clean-out.

"They're saying it's a very nasty bite and eating away at his skin – cleaning it out then see how it goes, maybe have to take him back tomorrow to get stitches."

The European adder, the animal believed to be responsible, is the only venomous snake native to the UK.

However, adders are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which means it is an offence to kill or injure them.

The Vets4Pets website suggests that, in severe case, "animals may collapse, have blood clotting problems, organ failure, tremors or convulsions" if bitten by snakes.

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