How to Treat a Dog with a Wolf Spider Bite

There are over 200 species of wolf spiders in the United States and your dog is bound to encounter at least one spider in his lifetime. Fortunately, wolf spiders are on the safer end of the venom spectrum and aren’t considered deadly. That said, wolf spider bites may still harm your dog in other ways so it’s important to take a few immediate steps to keep your dog safe.

How your dog reacts to a wolf spider bite will depend on where he gets bitten. Generally speaking, wolf spiders don’t tend to bite unless they get provoked. For dogs, their curiosity might get the best of them and they may get too close to the spider. The dog may end up getting bit on the nose or paw.

The dog may start to excessively lick the bitten area or they may even limp if they got bitten in the paws. A red bump might also appear on the bitten area. Despite not being considered poisonous, it could still harm your dog if they happen to be allergic to the venom.

Our recommendation would be to call the vet for the appropriate next steps. The vet may request you to just monitor the dog closely over the next couple of hours, or he may ask you to come in if the dog starts to exhibit some concerning symptoms. Many species of wolf spiders are quite small so it doesn’t hurt to double-check with the vet.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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