Brown recluse spider bites aren’t painful, at least right away. The poison in the brown recluse is not usually life threatening. What it does have the ability to do is to destroy and eat away at the tissue around the bite area. The damage can be quite extensive. It is difficult to diagnose which type of spider bit the dog because the spider is long gone by the time that the bite is found. It is important to recognize the signs of a brown recluse spider bite.
They symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include:
The area around the bite becomes very swollen and red, pain in and around the bite area, fever, nausea and blistering on the bite area. After about 7 to 10 days, the cells will quickly become damaged. Then center of the bite area will become black.
Other symptoms that may occur, depending on the amount of venom that enters the dog’s body are:
Fever, joint pain, weakness, vomiting, seizures, blood disorders and even kidney failure. These signs can show up between 24 and 48 hours after the dog is bitten. These are the more serious possibilities that occur very seldom after a brown recluse spider bite. You can’t overlook that it could happen though. It could be deadly for your dog if you do.
It is important that you pay attention to the signs of brown recluse spider bites. They can be very damaging to the dog’s skin cells. If enough venom enters the dog’s body to incur the latter symptoms, your dog is in serious danger. It is important to get the dog to the vet as soon as possible for treatment.
If you see that your dog may have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, put an ice pack on it immediately. You should also be aware that if the bite area turns black, it is likely to fall off and leave the muscle open. Keep this area well covered so that it cannot become infected and the dog can’t do more damage by licking or biting it. Keep the bandage clean and change it regularly to make sure that infection can slip in.
If treated immediately, a brown recluse spider bite won’t do much physical damage to your dog. The key is to catching it, getting it on ice and getting the dog to the vet as soon as possible. If you do that, the dog should be fine. It can take a while for the bite of a brown recluse spider to heal. In fact, it can take months for that to happen. Be patient.