Pets and False Widow Spiders

James —  September 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

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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:

  • Make sure your garden is free from rubbish such as piles of wood and boxes
  • Your cat might climb up trees where spiders will be more common, if possible try to deter your cat from going up there
  • Clean not only around furniture in the house but also underneath furniture. It’s also important to clean around the pet’s beds
  • Look out for animal friendly insect repellent. We have a list of good products here.
  • Once your pets have finished their dinner, remove from the floor immediately so that no spiders can crawl into their dishes.
  • If you find any any cobwebs or eggs remove them straight away
  • When your pet comes in from being outside give them a quick once over to make sure they have no insects attached to them

If you find a false widow spider, make sure that you remove it from your house quickly and safely. Please refer to our guide for tips on how to remove a false widow spider from your home.

Any questions? Please leave a comment below!

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