A BARNSLEY vet has issued a warning to dog walkers after reported snake bites at Newmillerdam - which can lead to death if left untreated.

The Pet Vet on Wakefield Road says there have been six known adder attacks on dogs at the popular country park in the last two weeks.

A spokeswoman said: "Adders are currently coming out of hibernation and are their most aggressive. They are commonly found in rocky hillsides, woodland edges, dry sandy heaths, sand dunes and moorlands.

"Adders will bite if disturbed or stood on and tend to bite the face or legs. If your dog is bitten then the bite will be extremely painful and will swell, other symptoms include pale gums, bruises, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness and drowsiness.  

"If your dog is bitten do not allow it to walk back to the car, it should be carried as this reduces the venom spreading through the body and get them to the nearest open veterinary surgery.

"If left untreated a bite can lead to blood clotting problems, tremors and/or seizures and can lead to death."