If your exotic dog passes through a spider, the frightened spider may bite him. Depending on the species, spider venom can cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects. Most spiders are not strong enough to bite through the skin of Fido, but a bite from those who can require a trip to the vet.
What to look for if you suspect a spider bite?
Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman says that dogs may scream when bitten by a spider, and they may become increasingly anxious and excited. Some dogs will wilt or excessively lick the wound. He adds to the search for “drunk walking,” because bites often affect coordination. He says, “If the dog appears to be in pain or distress or is not behaving the same, there is likely to be a reason.”
Symptoms vary depending on the type of spider and the amount of poison released at the sting, says Dr. Hanen. The following lists the possible symptoms of spider bites on dogs:
- Weak pulse
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble walking or standing
- Muscle or joint pain
What to do if your dog bites a spider?
Dr. recommends. Hanin Abdul Rahman calms down for your pet. Call your vet immediately and seek advice. If it is after hours, call the emergency clinic. Dr. Hanan says: “If you see a spider biting your dog, try placing it in a jar for identification by a veterinarian and tell your dog to do the same. This helps us know what we’re dealing with.”.
Spider bite symptoms usually occur within two to 24 hours. If you think your dog has been bitten by a spider, take him to the vet. Bring the spider into a jar if you can identify it. The veterinarian can give poisons in severe cases, along with supportive care such as intravenous fluids, pain relievers, and anti-seizure medications. It may prescribe treatment for a wound caused by a brown recluse’s bite to prevent infection.