While recently out walking near my home here in Longdown I had to stop and take a second glance at what was unfortunately squashed in the lane….an ADDER !!!
OK this one was not alive, but the point is THEY ARE ABOUT !!!
Adders are found across mainland UK and are our only poisonous snake, in my life time l have only ever seen four, but they are very distinguishable by their lemon coloured zig zag down their backs and often make more of an appearance in this country when we are experiencing long spells of hot weather.
Although a bite from this snake is likely to be more unpleasant than life threatening, with a dog it is a different matter….they are more likely to die and it would seem that a lot of dog owners/ walkers would actually not know what to do or how to react if they found themselves in such a situation.
The Facts …..
1) Adders are most often seen between the months of June- August.
2) Adders often like to bask in the sun on pathways.
3) Dogs are more likely to get bitten if they run in path side vegetation.
4) Adders usually only bite in self defence.
Plan of action should your dog get bitten…..
1) Try and keep calm if you or your dog should get bitten.
2) Phone ahead to the vet or hospital to make them aware that you are on your way and that they can make the necessary preparations.
3) If possible carry your dog to reduce the circulation of the venom.
4) Always carry a mobile phone on you when out walking!!!