Can spiders bite through dog fur? The short answer to this is: YES. Some spiders are physically capable of biting mammals, including dogs and cats.
What happens when a spider bites a dog? Most spider bites on dogs will show signs of irritation, pain, redness, and swelling. Others will exhibit more severe fever, weakness, muscle or joint pain, puss, weak pulse, increased heart rate, lethargy, trouble walking or standing, vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea.
How do I know if my dog was bitten by a spider?
- Limping or holding one leg off of the floor.
- Swelling, redness or frequent scratching.
- “Bulls Eye” mark or blister.
- Weakness, lethargy or increased heart rate.
- Diarrhea or vomiting.
Can a house spider bite a dog? Fortunately, most household spiders are harmless and pose no risk to your pet. A few, though, have toxic bites that require immediate and intensive veterinary treatment. If you see your dog or cat playing with a spider, quickly move your pet to a different area and watch for the above symptoms.