Adders are protected by law in Great Britain and it is illegal to intentionally kill or injure adders or to trade in them. The adder is the UK`s only venomous snake and while people are rarely bitten inquisitive dogs are more likely to encounter them.
If your dog is bitten or you think it may have been then seek veterinary help immediately. Restrict the dogs movements – carry if possible as this will reduce the venom spreading around the body. Keeping the dog calm and still while travelling to the vet will also help.
Keeping to paths and dogs under close control or on a lead will reduce the likelihood of a bite. If you come across an Adder stand back and keep dogs at a safe distance.