That said, I'll step on any spider I find. I'm good with snakes, but spiders make me scream like a teenage girl at a boy band concert. I take no shame in admitting that (not much anyway). I really don't want to take the chance that the fangs do penetrate my skin - because the bite can definitely be bad under certain circumstances (kidneys shutting down, toxicity to the skin, etc.). Pets -- dogs especially -- are at risk for brown recluse bites, and in those areas of the country experiencing a population boom akin to the oil fields of North Dakota, take heed of the signs of a bite in your dog and treatment options.