Chester is my boxer that was bitten by a brown recluse spider in Novermber 29th of 2004. Once I found out he was bitten I wanted to read up on aftercare and had such a hard time finding anything on dogs and thought that his bite looked horrible and wanted to compare it to some pictures to calm myself down and make sure it was going to heal. Once I realized there was not much out there I decided to take pictures to keep track of progress and send them into the couple of sites I did find so as to hopefully help someone in the future.
I am involved in boxer rescue and have personally fostered over 60 boxers, I have seen some pretty graphic stuff since all the boxers I get come from shelters but this was pretty bad. My husband and I were playing scrabble one afternoon and Chester one of our male boxers jumped on the bed. I looked at him and noticed that he looked different and then realized that his leg had swelled three times the size. I had no idea what had happened and thought he must have sprained it or something while outside. I could not pinpoint the exact time since we have a doggy door and he comes and goes as he chooses. The leg was swollen but there was no bite marks from a dog or any insect that I could see. After about two hours it had swollen so much that the skin literally split so that it could seep. It was late so first thing the next morning I took him to the vet, by the time we got there the next morning it was draining a reddish colored substance down the leg and on the floor - we had no idea what it was so we wrapped it to try to keep the swelling down. They said unwrap it in 48 hours. I noticed a fowl smell and decided to unwrap it a couple of hours early when I unwrapped it I was terrified. In less than 48 hours a chunk of tissue was missing from my dogs leg, when I saw it I immediatly knew what it was.
Aftercare: Started him on Baytril which is a very strong antibiotic and In the very first photos which was 48 hours after we trimmed all of the dead skin off the leg to make a fresh clean sore. Then we rinsed it out with a handheld shower in our tub. At first I went and bought all of the fancy sterile pads and gauze from the pharmacy but after about 4 days of that I decided to buy panti liners(Always cleanweave pantiliners) that are not cotton- they have to be the ones with the plastic mesh stuff so they wont stick to the sore. We changed and rinsed out the leg every single day. We started out taking athletic tape and taping 4 pads together and as the sore got smaller eventually got down to two pads. then wrapping the liners around the sore and taped above, below and in the middle of the liner around his leg. After that we bought an ace bandage wrap with the claws so we wrapped that around the liner so that he could not chew it off while we were at work and get dirt in the bite area. Then since I figured he would undo the claws we wrapped around the claws once with a piece of athletic cloth tape- let me tell you alot of thought went into this and it worked great, not once did he have it off :) It has been a little over a month and it is just a small scab and has healed nicely. I took the last pictures on January 7th 2005. It was bad but it healed. If you have any questions please email me. Sorry it is so long but I wish I had some advice when I needed it so hopefully someone can use this information. Thank You