Maybe. Dogs tend to be more interested in spiders as playthings than as tasty surprises. But we all know dogs use their mouths for recreation as well as eating. In most cases, the accidental ingestion of a spider isn’t a big deal, unless your dog picks up a black widow or brown recluse. But it’s difficult to identify spiders, especially when you’re dog’s tossing one around, and spider bites are the biggest concern. If your dog has a run-in with a spider, keep an eye on him and call your vet if you notice any worrisome symptoms.
Symptoms to Look For
- Skin irritation, including: redness, inflammation, swelling, warmth, necrosis, scabbing, itchiness, or a bite wound
- Bruising or pain when touched
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.