Can dogs eat spiders?

In this article, we will answer the query, “Can dogs eat spiders?” along with some other questions like are spiders safe for your dog? What types of spiders are poisonous to your dog? And what would you do if your dog ate a spider?

Can dogs eat spiders?

Yes, dogs can eat spiders. One important thing is the type of spider. Many spiders are highly poisonous and they can kill your dog if your dog eats them. 

Most house spiders are safe for your dog if your dog ingests them. Make sure you know what types of spiders are present in your home.

Are spiders safe for your dog?

Yes, spiders are safe for your dog. The important thing is some spiders are poisonous enough to kill your dog. Spiders are fascinating creatures for your dog. 

Dogs love to play with fascinating creatures or things. If your dog accidentally ingests a spider, most of the time they do not show any distress or discomfort sign because the poison of the spider is neutralized when the spider is digested in the stomach.

What types of spiders are deadly for your dog?

The following three types of spiders are deadly for your dog:

Brown recluse spider

The first spider on the list is the brown recluse spider. The Brown recluse spider is one of the deadliest spiders for your dog. It is also called “Violin” or “fiddleback spider”. 

It is found in mid-western and southern America. It is called a violin because it has a characteristic violin-shaped mark on the back.

This spider loves to hide in the dark such as in shadows, closets, shoes, and other clothes. You must know these because dogs have the habit of sniffing everything in the house.

Following are the symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite:

  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic skin lesions

If you suspect this bite immediately visit your nearest vet. There is no anti-venom available but your vet can give supportive treatment to your dog. The supportive treatment might include wound care and rehydration.

The brown recluse spider is about one inch long and it can damage the kidneys and the liver too, which are critical organs in the body.

Black widows

The second on the list is the black widow. Black widow is one of the deadliest spiders for your dog. There is a considerable difference between the female black widow and the male black widow. First, let’s talk about the male black widow.

Male black widow spiders are smaller than female spiders and are not poisonous. It is safe for your dog to ingest a male black widow spider. Let’s talk about female black widow spiders.

Female black widow spiders are about 1 inch long and are usually found in the undisturbed and shady places of the house. They are found in the midwest and southern parts of America. Female black widow spiders are highly poisonous spiders and can cause severe problems in your dog.

Female black widow spiders have a shiny look and characteristic glass hour mark on the back. Male black widow spiders lack the mark on their back.

Following are the symptoms of a female black widow spider bite:

  • Muscle tremors
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Drooling of saliva
  • Muscle cramping
  • Incoordination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you observe these signs in your dog immediately visit the vet. Your vet might go for anti-venom, fluid therapy, and muscle relaxants.

Hobo spider

The last on the list is the hobo spider. The hobo spider is one of the deadliest spiders for your dog. The hobo spider is less than one inch and is brownish-gray in color. Like brown recluse spiders, it loves to hide in shady places like closets, under covers, and shoes. You must consider their hiding place.

Following are the clinical signs and symptoms of hobo spider bite in your dog:

  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Pain
  • Skin lesions
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

You should keep in mind that it is crucial not to lick the bite site. You shouldn’t allow your dog to lick the bite site as venom is present on that site which can worsen the condition.

So far we have discussed the types of deadliest spiders. Now let’s discuss what you can do if your dog ate a spider?

What would you do if your dog ate a spider?

First, you need to be sure if your dog has eaten a deadly spider or just an ordinary spider. If you are sure that your dog has eaten one of the spiders listed above then immediately visit your vet. Your vet can tell you about the symptoms of a spider bite and can tell you what to do in this regard.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the query, “Can dogs eat spiders?” We also discussed other questions like are spiders safe for your dog? What types of spiders are deadly for your dog? And what would you do if your dog ate a spider?

References

https://www.rover.com/blog/can-dog-eat-spiders/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3200105/#:~:text=Antivenin%20Latrodectus%20mactans%20(Merck%20%26%20Co,of%20black%20widow%20spider%20envenomation.

https://www.cuteness.com/13723728/what-should-i-do-if-my-dog-ate-a-spider

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