I would be concerned if it was a T that possesses urticating hairs, and also, I think I remember hearing something about the potency of T venom when it comes to dogs and cats and the very negative consequences (so i would be concerned about the dog or cat getting bitten in the process of subduing and eating the spider)... I have no idea about a reference for that though. As for the health of the animal after eating the spider... They eat other spiders, and Humans eat tarantulas, so I would assume it would would have no ill effects (granted, when humans prepare them for eating, they burn off all the urt hairs). Beyond that, I have no clue!this is hypothetical as i do not have a dog or cat but what if a ( t ) was eaten by one would the dog or cat be ill or would they be ok or spit the ( t ) out i allways wonder what would happen ? to the dog / cat --- phil
Dogs, cats and people all belong to very different branches of mammals. There's no really good reason to assume that venoms will have the same effect. The venom will attack the same pathway, which will be in common, but the dog or cat will probably suffer more from a dose-dependancy... they're smaller than us... and the venom will act faster because their metabolism is a little faster than ours.Bites by spiders of the family Theraphosidae in humans and canines
Isbister, JE Seymour, MR Gray, RJ Raven - Toxicon, 2003:
Spiders of the family Theraphosidae occur throughout most tropical regions of the world. There have only been three case reports of bites by these spiders in Australia. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical effects of bites by Australian theraphosid spiders in both humans and canines. Cases of spider bite were collected by the authors over the period January 1978-April 2002, either prospectively in a large study of Australian spider bites, or retrospectively from cases reported to the authors. Subjects were included if they had a definite bite and had collected the spider. The spiders were identified by an expert arachnologist to genus and species level where possible. There were nine confirmed bites by spiders of the family Theraphosidae in humans and seven in canines. These included bites by two Selenocosmia spp. and by two Phlogiellus spp. The nine spider bites in humans did not cause major effects. Local pain was the commonest effect, with severe pain in four of seven cases where severity of pain was recorded. Puncture marks or bleeding were the next most common effect. In one case the spider had bitten through the patient's fingernail. Mild systemic effects occurred in one of nine cases. There were seven bites in dogs (Phlogellius spp. and Selenocosmia spp.), and in two of these the owner was bitten after the dog. In all seven cases the dog died, and as rapidly as 0.5-2h after the bite. This small series of bites by Australian theraphosid spiders gives an indication of the spectrum of toxicity of these spiders in humans. Bites by these spiders are unlikely to cause major problems in humans. The study also demonstrates that the venom is far more toxic to canines.