As the weather warms up, people are increasingly taking their dogs out for walks in the countryside. However, the Malvern Hills Trust is warning dog owners to be aware of adders, which are the only venomous snake in the UK.
Adder bites can be very dangerous for dogs, and the Trust is urging owners to take extra care when walking in areas where adders are known to live.
The Trust has issued the following advice to keep dogs safe from adders:
• Keep your dog on a lead when walking in areas where adders are known to live. This will help to prevent your dog from coming into contact with an adder.
• Be aware of your surroundings and look out for any adders that may be in the area.
• If you do see an adder, keep your dog away from it and move away slowly.
• If your dog is bitten by an adder, seek veterinary advice immediately.
• If you are walking in areas where adders are known to live, wear long trousers and boots to protect yourself from bites.
The Trust is also encouraging people to report any sightings of adders to the local wildlife trust, so that they can be monitored and protected.
By following these simple steps, dog owners can help to keep their pets safe from adders and enjoy their walks in the countryside.