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Pets and False Widow Spiders

James —  September 8, 2014 — Leave a comment


When dealing with false widow spiders the last thing you want is for your cat or dog to be bitten, especially when your pets can mistake the spider as a new fun toy.

There have been various reports of dogs and cats being bitten by false widow spiders. This can cause potentially life threatening issues if not treated quickly.

Spider bites on cats are less common because a cat’s skin is usually thicker than spider fangs. Though they are less common it can happen; if it does happen and you notice your cat has a rash, lump, restlessness, shallow breathing or anything else that seems abnormal you should take the cat to the vet immediately.

Spider bites in dogs are much more common, dogs are outside a lot and love to get into bushes and go around trees. If your dog has a rash, lump, restlessness, shallow breathing or anything else that seems abnormal you should also take it to the vet immediately.

Here are some tips on preventing your pets from being bitten:

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False Widow Spider Infestation

With the growth of the false widow spider population in the United Kingdom and the spread of the species across the country, a lot more of their bites are being reported.

Although for most people a bite from this creature will only give the same reaction as a bee or a wasp sting, for those who are unfortunate enough to be allergic to the spider’s venom, it can have some terrible, potentially life threatening effects.

Here are some of the worst false widow spider bite wounds we have seen online (please be warned that some people may find these images disturbing):

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False Widow Spider Bite

False Widow Spider Bites can be deadly to humans

Recently there have been a lot of stories in the news both online and elsewhere about an increase in false widow spider bites. This, coupled with the fact that the spiders seem to be spreading like wildfire, is obviously concerning to a lot of people.

We are currently tracking sightings of the false widow spider in the UK using our False Widow Spider Sighting Map.

In this article I would like to try and give you as much information as possible about false widow spiders bites, so that you can be prepared if you ever should come into contact with a false widow spider at home or indeed elsewhere.

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