(Closed) Dog bit by Black Widow?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sleepingbeauty88: I can post a few pictures of brown recluse bite on my dog. Gizmo has made it and is almost fully recovered. He had 105 fever, it was ugly.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is the day that it happened. (July 8)

At our vet, July 11th

August 15th

 

He jumped up on the bed at the hotel (in Alexandria,VA) he stretched like he always does, and we went to scratch his back, and he screamed and bit me (nothing like him) and he ran in the corner and shook and cried. He wasn’t really lethargic or anything. And it had to have been the same day that everything popped up.

Edit: the second picture, it started getting goopier after that. And the vet was surprised at how bad it didn’t look. And that wednesday after that, Gizmo decided that a large order of beer battered onion rings would be good to eat, so we were getting our stomach pumped. Gizmo was an expensive puppy that week…..

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

If your dog responded to benadryl, I doubt it was any sort of toxin.  She may have been bitten or stung by something, but her reaction would have been due to an allergy, not a toxin in the bite itself.

If it was a brown recluse, you’ll notice because the flesh around the bite will start rotting off.  It’s quite unpleasant, and it will be really painful, but there’s not much to be done about it except for making sure it doesn’t get infected.  I speak from personal experience.  If your dog is a larger breed, she should come out fine.

Widow bites normally cause muscle spasms and such.  If you haven’t noticed anything like that by now, it probably wasn’t a widow spider.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

From what I understand about black widows, the venom causes extreme pain and I don’t think benadryl would have done anything to help it, plus I think your dog would have let you know how much constant pain he was in! Brown recluse bites start out tiny and get progressively larger as the skin breaks down, so I don’t think that would have caused immediate swelling–do you think it could have been a snake bite? Maybe a non-venemous one like a rat snake or something?

*ETA* or a copperhead? I googled rat snakes to see if the bite causes swelling and apparently copperhead bites do…I’m sure the vet will solve the mystery!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Well, I’m glad she’s feeling better! My husband suggested maybe a wasp or scorpion sting…whatever the deal, I’m glad to hear about the improvement!

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