QUESTION: Can a spider bit give a dog constipation?
Looks like our 70 lb lab-mix got bit by a spider a couple of days ago--right next to her privates, on her belly, where there's no hair. We noticed this because she is constantly rolling onto her back for belly rubs. You can actually see the two small punctures, about 1/8 of an inch or so apart. I assume this was a wolf spider--no swelling, rings or pus.
On the day/evening we noticed, the dog was not eating or drinking much, but still acted like herself.
Day 2, the dog was still not eating and hadn't pooped in almost 24 hours (unlike her normal 3 times a day).
We mixed a spoonful of pumpkin and some peanut butter in with her dry food and she gobbled it all up and then unleashed a respectable amount of feces on her next trip outside
Day 3, yesterday, we aren't sure if she pooped or not, but her appetite is back and behavior is as normal as ever. in the hairless part of her underside, the skin is red/rashy looking, I suspect from too much licking.
Today, there are scabs growing on the site of the bite. Again, she's not pooping as regular, but did unleash some hard poop and some diarrhea.
Got her scheduled for a vet visit this afternoon.
We lost our last dog this past summer to a sudden intestinal blockage, so anytime our new rescue acts sick, we all tend to panic a little. Wondering if anyone else has dog spider-bite experience--I've never had a dog bitten before.