Dog walkers urged to watch out for adders

Dog walkers urged to watch out for adders

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:00pm 9th April 2020.

A number of adder sightings have been reported around the Fleet in Weymouth and on Portland. 

The venomous snakes enjoy warm weather, so they are more likely to appear in April as they are coming out of hibernation.  

Dave from Dave Cumber Vets says they started getting reports of adder sightings last weekend.

"Easter weekend is supposed to be the hottest weekend of the year, people need to be aware as adders are likely to be out.

"Normally there would be lots of people out walking their dogs and frightening the adders away but due to the lockdown and social distancing there isn't."


He also says that pet owners with dogs need to be careful.

"Adders are usually quite sleepy to begin with; dogs will stumble across them and then be attacked.

"The adder isn't biting because it wants to harm the dog, it just having a good old 'go away' snap.

"But that bite can be enough to make a dog very sick."

Here are some tips if your dog  does get bitten: 

  • Try to prevent the dog from walking. 
  • Go straight to your vet. 
  • Do not interfere with the wound or tie any sort of bandage around the bite as there is danger of tissue damage around the bite. 
  • Try and keep the dog as calm as possible. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, vets are running an emergency service only.

They are not accepting clients through the door but will take in pets.