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If anyone can help.....Please

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Noelle Penner, Sep 13, 2017.

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    I work at a PET store and I've done great with the Herps and Arachnids. I love my bird eater. Here's the problem I was halfway through vet school but I am by no means an Arachnid expert. I'm a snake/Lizard expert. Anyways I have an employee who loves to show stuff off to his buddies. And I came and she literally Urticulated 90 % of the bristles off her back. I know it usually grows back but it looks like it might be getting infected. I have triple antibiotic ointment but I don't know if it's okay to use on her. Please anyone who .can help me help her, please get baçk to me.
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  2. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoking Active Member

    They get their urticating hairs back by molting. Leave the poor thing alone.

    Pics of spider are needed.
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  3. darkness975

    darkness975 A Dream Within a Dream Arachnosupporter

    Images of the specimen in question, including the Enclosure within which it lives, are needed to fully assess this situation.

    Urticating setae is designed to be discharged, so flicking it in and of itself would not cause harm. They regain their urticating Setae when they next molt.

    One possible theory here? It is approaching a molt and the Abdomen is darkening up as a result thus making it appear to be 'infected" given that in mammalian organisms darkening tissue is a sign of rot/infection/necrosis.

    Please post images of the Spider and its Enclosure. As clear as possible.

    Stop applying creme to the Spider.
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  4. sasker

    sasker Arachnoknight Active Member

    It may be wrong, but I secretly hope that some of the hairs landed on your co-worker and that the discomfort this caused teaches him a lesson. It can be difficult to tell co-workers they are doing something wrong, especially if they are more senior than you, but he should be told not to mess with tarantulas. Perhaps you can say he is 'damaging the merchandise'. Tarantulas are no play things and your colleague is contributing to the terrible reputations that pet shop employees already have.

    Welcome to Arachnoboards, by the way :) Stick around. There is much to be learned on this forum. Hopefully this knowledge will turn you into the exception of pet shop employees who actually know what they are selling ;)

    Edit: you are already an exception for caring enough for the tarantula to take the effort to ask a question here instead of letting it die to just throw it into the waste bin and buy other spiders to replenish your shop's stock.
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  5. Walker253

    Walker253 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Yeah, you really need to post a pic. Usually hen the tarantula kicks all of its hairs it's gonna be bald until the next molt. As you get farther not vet school you'll learn that many human items are not really safe for animals. Good on you for asking here first.

    Post some pics