Brown Recluse Spiders

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    Sep 25, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Hi All,

    I'm just devastated. The dog I've had since the age of 10 (a Corgi) had to be put down today. Two months ago he was bitten by either a Hobo or Brown Recluse spider on his leg. The bite swelled his leg so large he couldn't walk and then the necrosis basically ate all of the skin off his leg so it looked he was walking around half dead. It was just horrendous (you could see his bones and everything) and there was nothing that could be done.

    Be careful out there as this is the time of year spiders come inside and some can be not so nice.

    S
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    Sep 25, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    That's just awful. Sorry you lost your dog. It seems like there re a lot more brown recluses than there use to be. I kill at least 5-10 s week in my house and I hadn't even thought about the possibility of my lab accidentally stepping on one.
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    Sep 25, 2011 7:42 AM GMT
    Ravco saidThat's just awful. Sorry you lost your dog. It seems like there re a lot more brown recluses than there use to be. I kill at least 5-10 s week in my house and I hadn't even thought about the possibility of my lab accidentally stepping on one.


    In your freaking house? How the hell do they get there? I've lived in Texas all my life and I've never seen one before.

    I freaking hate spiders...icon_cry.gif

    I'm sorry about your dog OP. That's part of the reason I hate them.
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    Sep 25, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAwh..that's so sad and your dog must have been in such pain.

    Fucking shitty ass spider!


    oh yeah MMTM, weren't you bitten by those last year? how did that go?
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    Sep 25, 2011 8:20 AM GMT
    ^oops sorry, my senior moment icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    theantijock saidEver since a colleague got bit a few years back, when I first learned of them, I take notice every time I see mentioned the Brown Recluse. Didn't expect someone's pet before opening this thread. So sorry for you loss. What to say? You had your puppy for a good long time. There's got to be some comfort in knowing that your pet's end did not come until his last years. I know it is not much. You did right to end his suffering, but you already know that. He had a happy life with you. It is our lives which endure so much sadness.

    For anyone interested. Here's a good site on the Brown Recluse including medical information and its distribution map of the U.S.

    http://spiders.ucr.edu/brs.html

    Peace.


    Bah! The spider on the linked page is very prominent. I had to peek through the cracks in my fingers to find the back button. icon_redface.gif

    So sorry about the dog. I thought Brown Recluses were very common and that they didn't bite...
  • jonnyangel

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    Sep 25, 2011 11:52 AM GMT
    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I know how difficult it must be for you.I was bit on the knee two years ago this month,by a brown recluse spider while cleaning my lanaii in Florida.I ended up in the emergency room a few days later, and they gave me some stuff and said I would be fine.A few days later my leg swelled up real bad ,and was painful as hell. I ended up in hospital for 5 days. I was afraid to go out in my yard for months,in fear of spiders,but I got over it eventually. I have a dog and cat ,and mindful of them getting bit by a spider.Especially my cat who loves to play with crawling things. Again, my thoughts are with you.
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    Sep 25, 2011 12:05 PM GMT
    I'm really sorry about your dog buddy. Poor little guy.

    Those nasty damn spiders are worse this time of year, I think.
    As it cools off they come in for shelter.

    I got bit on my biceps a few years ago.
    Don't know for a fact it was a brown recluse.
    But the bite area turned into a sort of target bullseye and the veins leading away turned red.
    I went to the doctor...nurse patiently waited for me to finish explaining my concerns then drew a circle around the bite area with her ball point pen and said "if the redness expands beyond that come back and see us".

    Later that night I got sicker than I've ever been. Throwing up every 20 minutes for about 12 hours.....mostly dry heaves after the first few. Thought I would crack my ribs the heaving was so violent. Luckily for me, no necrosis of tissue and I got over it fairly quickly after the nausea....although the actual bite mark took a while to heal.

    I suspect the spider had taken up residence in the sleeve of a jacket I hadn't worn since spring. I never felt the bite or saw the spider though, so that's just a hunch.
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    Sep 25, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    I have a friend who was bitten on the forehead and it was pretty bad looking. They almost had to hospitalize him. After that, I went online and read about them and where they are likely to build their nests. I took some insecticide and every place they said to look...there was a nest. I destroyed about 15 in all. A lot of them were located right where you put your hands...under hand rails, etc.
  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 25, 2011 12:34 PM GMT
    Friends of mine spent literally thousands of dollars treating their dog for a bite that was most likely from a Brown Recluse spider. Fortunately, the dog lived, but there was the same necrosis (dying away of tissue) that the OP described.

    There are lots of brown house spiders that get mistaken for Brown Recluse spiders, and almost any spider bite is capable of causing mild to really unpleasant reactions. The hallmark of a Brown Recluse bite is that the toxin in the venom eats away at flesh, making it a difficult process to heal the bite site and prevent infections from setting in. Definitely something you don't want to mess with, but I think that a lot of the bites mentioned in this thread are mis-identified and probably caused by some other spider or insect (for instance, tick bites cause a bulls-eye ring around the bite site if there's an infection, and that can make you really sick, too).
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    Sep 25, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Thanks for your words everyone.

    It was sad indeed but it was even more heartbreaking to see the little guy in such pain. He might've lived but it would've been a very limited life if he did.

    I wasn't aware how incredibly corrosive these spider bites could be until this happened. I can't imagine how scary it is to be bitten by one.

    Those of you who live in areas where there are lots of them, evidently cats make excellent, in-house exterminators.... Now if only I weren't allergic to cats.