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Brown Recluse Spider Bite Poisoning in Dogs




Your veterinarian will recommend routine wound care unless your dog is extremely ill, in which case, intravenous therapy provided in a hospital setting will be necessary. Your dog may also need blood transfusions so that the body can send fresh blood to the wounded area. If the venom is mild, cold compresses are sometimes adequate for reducing inflammation and reducing pain. If there has been a lot of cell destruction at the wound site, your doctor will need to surgically remove some of the dead tissue. If the venom was very potent, with a lot of cellular and tissue damage, your dog may need skin grafting after the lesion reaches full maturity.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will want to monitor the wound site weekly until it is fully healed.



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