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Old 11-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spider Bite? Anyone ever seen this?

Friday night I noticed a quarter sized hot spot on Ava's belly, not bad but definite pink spot. Saturday the spot got darker, looked a little scabbed over. Sunday it looked like it was opening up. Here's the pick from today.

Her vet said he's never seen it before, but would bet she squatted on a brown recluse and got bit. He put her on Clavamox, and neosporin. He said it will probably be very slow to heal and if it does show signs of improvement in the next day or two he would stitch it up.

Anyway, has anyone seen anything like this? Any suggestions for additional care.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Poor Ava! I've seen this on a coworker before. His was on his abdomen and it got huge because he thought it would heal on its own. I hope she heals quickly
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There is a thread on here about what I remember to be a brown recluse bite. It continued to get worse, as I remember, for a week or so, then started healing up and eventually totally healed.
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If it's a brown recluse it would be insanely itchy.

I had one on my hand a few months ago, but it didn't open up or crevece (that happened under my eye about 10yrs. ago)...My hand I soaked in goldenseal tea - took the itch away for hrs. and I didn't end up needing abx.

Not sure if you can secure, but make a poultice w/goldenseal tea and apply it....or at least warm compresses w/the tea for 20mins 2-3x/day...use 1 bag per cup hot water - but don't apply hot - warm
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Definately don't apply anything hot to the bite. If it's a brown recluse bite it could cause chronic necrosis. The poison is partially neutralized by cold, but don't apply heat.

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I would try Vetericyn.

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Definately don't apply anything hot to the bite. If it's a brown recluse bite it could cause chronic necrosis. The poison is partially neutralized by cold, but don't apply heat.

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This. We have hobo spiders up here, not brown recluse. They look very similar, and both of those, look extremely similar to regular old "wolf" spiders, or giant house spiders. I have a very good family friend who is a retired entomologist and he has advised me, they only comprise about 35% of the spider population (that looks like them, I mean) and that it would take him and a microscope to tell the difference--meaning, people can get bitten, and THINK it's by one of the poisonous ones, but you can really only tell by the bite itself.

I would defer to your vet's instructions if you trust them.
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Brown Recluse bites are nasty ... hope your pup gets better soon
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This. We have hobo spiders up here, not brown recluse. They look very similar, and both of those, look extremely similar to regular old "wolf" spiders, or giant house spiders. I have a very good family friend who is a retired entomologist and he has advised me, they only comprise about 35% of the spider population (that looks like them, I mean) and that it would take him and a microscope to tell the difference--meaning, people can get bitten, and THINK it's by one of the poisonous ones, but you can really only tell by the bite itself.

I would defer to your vet's instructions if you trust them.
WHY did I read this tonight?
Last night I saw a tan spider run across my husband's pillow!
He vacuumed and tried to find it but never really did I barely slept for fear of it coming back.

And over the summer, I had 2 different bites but neither looked like that one.
I hope hers heals up quickly...
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