Please be aware of Adders when out walking with your dog
One of our members has made us aware that her dog was bitten by an Adder whilst out walking on Canford Heath very recently.
Adders are common on Heathland and woodland areas during the summer months. Adders are Britain's only venomous snake, however Adder bites are rarely fatal.
To keep you and your pet safe - please follow these simple tips...
- Keep to the paths-Snakes tend to live in the undergrowth
- Use a short lead on Heathland in Summer - part of your open access responsibilities
- If you encounter an adder-leave it alone and give it the opportunity to escape safely
If you suspect your dog has been bitten by an adder you should contact your Vet immediately. We have been advised that the vaccine used by the vet for adder bites is only available from Bournemouth hospital in the Dorset area.