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How to Treat a Spider Bite on Your Cat or Dog

Your Options for Treatment

How to Treat a Spider Bite on Your Cat or Dog

Your pet is like your baby, and it is distressing when you notice signs they are sick. One of the hardest parts of being a pet parent is not knowing the cause of sickness or discomfort, and that’s a very real possibility when you’re dealing with a spider bite on your cat or dog. Learn the signs of a spider bite and what your options for treatment are.

How to Treat a Spider Bite on Your Cat or Dog

Step 1: Know the Signs

Spider bites are challenging to identify on your cat or dog because of the fur that can hide a telltale mark. So, you have to watch out for other symptoms that will point to a spider bite. Unfortunately, many of these may also be present due to another ailment, like:

  • Muscle pain and cramping
  • Vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Agitation
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Localized tissue damage

Step 2: Talk with Your Vet

Oftentimes, a vet will need to identify the cause of the very serious symptoms of a spider bite. Your vet will evaluate your pet’s symptoms and might request bloodwork, which can identify a black widow bite.

Unfortunately, without the bloodwork, it is hard to pinpoint what kind of spider bit your pet without seeing it, so you may never know what caused the issue.

Step 3: Work with Your Vet to Determine a Treatment Plan

If bloodwork comes back to identify a black widow as the culprit, antivenom medication can be given intravenously for treatment. Other spider bites are generally treated with supportive care, like regular wound cleaning, cool compresses, antibiotics, and more.

Spider Problem? Call Green Pest Solutions.

Did you know that every home has spiders? It’s perfectly normal for you to share your space with this eight-legged pest. What’s not normal is for there to be a sudden surge in their presence. This could actually be a sign of an infestation from another pest because spiders go where there is food. So, call your local experts at Green Pest Solutions at 855-312-7157 if you’re seeing more spiders than usual.

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