Thanks for reading and the nice compliment on my Hub about the spider bite on my dog. If your dog has been badly bitten, it could go into a shock. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary. They see a snake and stick their noses right down to sniff the snake! Although in humans, black widow spider will leave some obvious mark consisting of two punctures; this is not typically the case with dogs. Thanks for reading about Baby and me and our spider bite. They were crawling all over me and it felt like a scene straight from a horror movie. I hate the smell, but I'll do anything to prevent another spider bite! However, black widow and brown recluse have serious venom and may have intense effect on the dog affecting different body system. They have an acute sense of touch. I just do it once a week whether I see any or not! By the end of the day, the site was beginning to swell and turn even bluer. Picture Source : mddk.com. I will let you know the outcome. Dogs that have been bitten by a black widow spider and had venom injected into them may display the following signs: Rigid abdominal muscles; Difficulty breathing; Muscle twitches; Restlessness; High blood pressure; High heart rate; Drooling; Seizures; Paralysis ; Respiratory arrest; Treatment of Black Widow Bites in Dogs. Veterinary doctors will treat the dogs depending on the reactions and complications they have. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary. What a horrible experience to be bitten multiple times by a Wolf Spider!! FlourishAnyway from USA on October 27, 2014: So sad that this happened to you both, and I am glad you have both recovered. I would start packing. I am always running across spiders in mailboxes but have yet to be bitten. I got a bad bite once when putting on a sweater after moving into a new place. I didn't realize that Black Widows would bite unprovoked. And if you have a tick bullseye rash, see your doctor. Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 07, 2014: Yes, I was really worried about Baby! I remember it in my mind, the little "tours" you gave and the stories of the house, in pictures. Mary Craig from New York on October 28, 2014: How scary for you and Baby. Your dog could get sick from these bites, so it's important to know what dangerous spiders live in your area, how to spot a spider bite and what to do about it. Symptoms of their venomous bite include swelling, pain, and itching. However, it is thought that dogs having compromised immune systems may be more susceptible to the reaction of the bites. My dog had 2 small scabs on her nose and it started swelling. Apr 29, 12:02 PM. spider LagunaSol Apr 19, 09:23 AM Salesperson: Sir, they're only vaguely the same shape. The same goes for snakes ;-). My bite didn't make me sick like Baby's bite, though, it just looked pretty bad! They may or may not witness their dog experiencing pain. Yes, I'm thinking we both rolled over onto a Wolf Spider during our sleep. It took almost three weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away on my arm. I wouldn't blame you for wanting to move if it can't be corrected from the spiders. You should check the legs, face, neck and belly. Hi, Iris. Did you keep the wound open to air out or with a gauze or bandage? The symptoms of being bitten by this species are: 1. Hi, Nell, I wish I could say I have caught some spiders in those traps, but I have not! Mayo Clinic Staff. It's so nice to see her back to her old self. One of my co-workers was bitten by a black widow and was out for weeks. These are quite venous spiders and they can trigger reactions that may require a dog to be taken for treatment. I just killed what looked like a Hobo Spider or It was large, body about 1" with bags on its head . I recently moved into a small two-bedroom apartment that was built onto an existing house. I cannot tell you how glad I was to see her back to her old self. I hadn't thought that maybe my dog Nell could be bitten. The dog may cry when touched. I would be so scared for my dog. They are very common here in Florida. I've never seen a black widow spider and I hope I won't either! He is still on 3 different antibiotics and supportive drip. If you're unsure what a tick bite looks like and are worried a tick bite you, these six photos can help you identify the bite. I did have a good day, so thank you for that! I had a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that old house, but it was time to let it go. As for a possible snake bite with Molly, I bet that is what it was! I was given an antibiotic to fight the spider bite venom. I've got a few scars left from the really bad bites. We do have Wold Spiders around here, and I do have some of those sticky traps that work very well. They have a glue board attached. I don't want to share my space with them. I gave her water with a syringe. Nausea, vomiting, diarrheaTreatment for this bite includes: using … As mentioned, my veterinarian did not want to open the initial wound but preferred to treat the bite with antibiotics and steroids. Unbearable muscle pain 2. Although most spider bites are harmless, others from a black widow or brown recluse spider can cause severe reactions, particularly in cats. I told the vet exactly what had transpired with Baby. I live in fear that we will get another bite from one of these spiders. He gave me pills to give her at home and instructed for me to bring her back in two days. “Like all spider bites, the bite itself appears as a red bump with surrounding redness and swelling,” says Dr. Zahn. I thought to myself, "This is just another lump.". Hi again, phoenix2327 Thanks for coming back with that additional info. However my little Milo is still struggling to get through this and he developed other organic symptoms liver pancreas and diabetic symptoms. I am 74 and also had a very hard time taking care of immobile 30 lb pet, expelling urine, and carrying him up and down steps. Its bite will cause tissue to become necrotic, and it will do a lot of damage. By Jake Smith. Dealing with spider bites on dogs can be quite tricky and in most cases, you can almost never know that it is a spider bite. I put baking soda and water mixture on her face and she went to sleep - not sure whether to take her to the vet or not. If you believe your dog's been spider-bitten, get him to the vet. Those wolf spiders are so big! You live, you learn I guess. I know it doesn't get as cold there though. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more great content just like it. Pet owners don’t often know that their dogs have been bitten by a spider. Mild irritation from non-venomous bites can be soothed with an ice pack or by dabbing the affected area with a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water, but serious bites and symptoms require a call to the vet. The bite of a black widow spider is venomous, and that venom is about 15 times more potent than that of a rattlesnake (National Geographic: Black Widow Spider). Hi, Lissa Clason. It is that pain which prompts many dog owners to take their dogs to a veterinary clinic. Therapy with antivenin typically provides the quickest resolution but complete recovery can take several weeks in some cases. This is my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, before she was bitten by the spider. Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 27, 2014: Hi, Faith Reaper. :). I live in South Florida where spiders are quite common, although I had never seen any except for the harmless daddy long-legs spider. Four hours later, the bump was larger, and the site was beginning to turn blue. 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