5 Signs That Your Cat or Dog Has Been Bitten By a Spider (And What To Do Next)


They invade some people’s nightmares. Others shudder at the mere thought of finding a spider – in the shower, in the bedroom, or anywhere in the sanctuary of their home. Spiders, unfortunately, are a real and an everyday part of our lives.

If the unexpected occurs and you are bitten by a spider, you will know if you need to take action. You can tell others how you feel and what, if any, symptoms you are experiencing. You can drive yourself to the hospital. Your cat or dog cannot do that.

As a result, you must know the signs that your pet may have been bitten by a spider and what you should do next.

Has Your Pet Been Bitten By A Spider?

Pets are just as vulnerable as humans to spider bites, so it is important that you remain vigilant and keep an eye on your pets when they are outside. However, it’s still pretty unlikely you will see your pet actually get bitten by a spider.

How Can You Spot a Spider Bite?

When we get bit it’s easy to spot a bite, where as with pets it’s hard to see due to their fur. The best thing to do is look to see if there are any swollen areas, lumps or any sign of redness.

A regular inspection of your dog and their fur can help spot bites and any sign of infection.

Here Are Five Signs Your Pet May Have Been Bitten By A Spider

#1. Swelling

One of the telltale signs of a potential spider bite is swelling. If you notice any part of your pet’s body is swollen – eye, ear, face, leg – you will need to take immediate action.

#2. Fever

Your pet may develop a fever if bitten by a poisonous spider. If you have a pet thermometer, which is commonly found in pet first aid kits, take your pet’s temperature to determine if it is, indeed, high.

#3. Behavioural Changes

A bite from a spider may be poisonous and can result in behavioural changes in your pet. A normally energetic dog, for example, may become lethargic. A generally outgoing cat may become withdrawn.

#4. Lack of appetite

A lack of appetite may also signal a spider bite. If your dog or cat usually comes running at meal time or even when you merely open the refrigerator, start looking for other potential signs of a spider bite.

#5. Lethargy

Most pets are lazy now and then. But, if you notice your pet loafing more than usual and acting lethargic, you may be dealing with a spider bite. Check for the other symptoms – swelling, fever, a lack of appetite – and be prepared to take immediate action.

What To Do If Your Pet Has Been Bitten By A Spider

Your pet may start exhibiting signs of a spider bite as quickly as a half an hour after the bite or even up to six or more hours later. If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a spider from the symptoms he is exhibiting, contact your veterinarian immediately. Waiting to get treatment could risk your pet’s chances of a full recovery.

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