Apr
23
2013

Keeping your Dog Safe from Spider Bites

Keeping your Dog Safe from Spider Bites

dog7It’s not just humans that suffer agonizing pain when bitten by venomous spiders. When your dog is sniffing around trashcans and digging up soil, they become more susceptible to spiders. Treating venomous bites are as detrimental on dogs as they are on humans. Untreated dogs may experience vomiting breathing difficulties, and even death. The most dangerous spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse. Both spiders carry their own symptoms, as well as treatments.

Always keep a watchful eye on your dog and educate yourself with the symptoms of spider bites.

Black Widow

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Hives
  • Swollen face or muzzle
  • Redness
  • Rigid muscles
  • Muscle tremors that may lead to paralysis.

Black widows carry lethal venom capable of killing a small dog and inflicting severe pain on larger dogs. Fortunately, the symptoms are distinguishable. Go to your local veterinarian as soon as you notice any possible symptom.

General Timeline:

Treatment:

When your dog is at the pet clinic, the vet will administer IV fluids and keep your dog confined. Post treatment includes breathing assistance and muscle relaxants or medication.

Brown Recluse:

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Hives
  • Swollen face or muzzle
  • Redness

General Timeline:

  • 1st several minutes: dog’s capillaries will start to restrict
  • Two-six hours: bitten area will swell
  • Your dog will be nauseous and feverish
  • Twelve hours: a blister will form

The symptoms of a brown recluse bite will not be noticeable the first couple hours. If your dog does not get treated within a week, cell damage will occur on the area that was bit.

Treatment:

Apply an ice pack on the bitten area and bring your dog to the local veterinarian. The wounds will slowly heal. FI you notice black necrotic tissues forming, consult a veterinarian.

F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only. This policy is presently available in Florida. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year. Click here for a free Florida pet insurance quote or visit our website, Dog Bite Quote.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Comments

comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

8 − eight =