Dog 'bitten' by UK's only venomous snake at Glasgow park as pet owners warned

Adders have been reported at Bellahouston Park
Adders have been reported at Bellahouston Park -Credit:Getty Images

A Glasgow dog has fallen ill after it was allegedly bitten by an adder at a popular south side park.

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

The following morning the dog appeared 'lame' and would refuse to put weight on its leg. After a visit to the vet the little one was treated for a severe infection however, his condition deteriorated by Friday, April 12, which prompted further investigation.

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Vets then located a "bite mark" which they believe came from an adder. The dog tends to run around bushy areas, which is where the owner believes he may have came in contact with the venomous snake.

A post was issued to public Facebook page, Friends of Bellahouston Park, yesterday (April 17) in a bid to raise awareness to local dog walkers and park users, it read: "WARNING: this is not fiction. My neighbour's dog became lame on Sunday 7th April, he appeared okay but he wouldn't put weight on leg.

"As the 4yr old already had arthritis assumption was this was the issue and owners held off until Monday before heading to vets. He was treated for a severe infection but I'm unsure if they linked it to his Arthritis or something else.

"Anyway, the dog's health deteriorated by Friday 12th and after further 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 were quick to share their concern in the comments which most "shocked" to hear that snakes are present in the city.

Adders are found in mainland UK but bites from them are fairly rare however. They tend to re-appear between the months of April and July and the afternoon is most commonly when they're most active.

According to the Wildlife Trusts, "its venom is generally of little danger to humans: an adder bite can be painful and cause a inflammation, but is really only dangerous to the very young, ill or old. If bitten, medical attention should be sought immediately, however.

"Adders are secretive animals and prefer to slither off into the undergrowth rather than confront and bite humans and domestic animals; most attacks happen when they are trodden on or picked up."

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: "Bellahouston Park is not the natural habitat for adders and we have no record of them being there.”

For health advice with regards to adder bites, click here.