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Warning to dog owners - adders have been sighted.

If you think your dog has been bitten by an Adder, take it to a vet as quickly as possible. The sooner your dog sees a vet, the better their chances of making a full recovery.

  • Carry your dog to reduce the spread of the Adder’s venom around your dog’s body.
  • Bathe the wound in cold water to help control the swelling.
  • Keep your dog warm, but not too warm, and quiet as you transport it to the vet.
  • Don’t attempt any first aid as this can do more harm than good.

If you don’t see the incident, symptoms of Adder bites in dogs can include:

  • Two small puncture wounds
  • Major swelling that may be dark in colour
  • Limping, yelping or other evidence of your dog being in pain
  • Blood/bruises
  • Inflamed skin – from where the venom has spread