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Dog ‘bitten’ by UK’s solely toxic snake at Glasgow park as pet homeowners warned

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A Glasgow canine has fallen sick after it was allegedly bitten by an adder at a well-liked south facet park.

Dog walkers are being warned after a four-year-old pup fell sick following a walk in Bellahouston Park on Saturday, April 6.

The following morning the canine appeared ‘lame’ and would refuse to place weight on its leg. After a go to to the vet the infant was handled for a extreme an infection nevertheless, his situation deteriorated by Friday, April 12, which prompted additional investigation.

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Vets then situated a “chew mark” which they imagine got here from an adder. The canine tends to run round bushy areas, which is the place the proprietor believes he could have got here involved with the toxic snake.

A submit was issued to public Facebook web page, Friends of Bellahouston Park, yesterday (April 17) in a bid to lift consciousness to native canine walkers and park customers, it learn: “WARNING: this isn’t fiction. My neighbour’s canine turned lame on Sunday seventh April, he appeared okay however he would not put weight on leg.

“As the 4yr old already had arthritis assumption was this was the difficulty and homeowners held off till Monday earlier than heading to vets. He was handled for a extreme an infection however I’m uncertain in the event that they linked it to his Arthritis or one thing else.

“Anyway, the canine’s well being deteriorated by Friday twelfth and after additional investigation they have just located bite marks which they believe to have come from an Adder. The owner had him at Bellahouston Park (he runs in/out bushes) on Saturday 6th. This is where and when they believe the bite occurred.

“Springtime is when adders are coming out of their hibernation. Please be vigilant. Fingers crossed the dog makes a full recovery.”

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Locals had been fast to share their concern within the feedback which most “shocked” to listen to that snakes are current within the metropolis.

Adders are present in mainland UK however bites from them are pretty uncommon nevertheless. They are inclined to re-appear between the months of April and July and the afternoon is mostly once they’re most energetic.

According to the Wildlife Trusts, “its venom is mostly of little hazard to people: an adder chew may be painful and trigger a irritation, however is absolutely solely harmful to the very young, sick or old. If bitten, medical consideration ought to be sought instantly, nevertheless.

“Adders are secretive animals and like to slither off into the undergrowth somewhat than confront and chew people and home animals; most assaults occur when they’re trodden on or picked up.”

Glasgow City Council has been approached for remark.

For well being recommendation close to adder bites, click on here.

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