Cicadas Safe For Pets In Small Doses, But Could Impact Digestive System, Experts Say

Cicadas Safe For Pets In Small Doses, But Could Impact Digestive System, Experts Say

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- Well, we've been talking about it. Cicadas in their shells will soon be covering our lawns, and sidewalks, pretty much all over our property but curious pets they may think they might make a crunchy snack, but are they safe? According to a local veterinarian, in small doses the insects are fine.

But if your pet eats a lot, it could affect their digestive system and they might need antinausea or other medication. Experts also warn eating the insects is more of a canine issue than feline and the cicadas and their shells could even become a choking hazard, especially for smaller dogs.

DEVON SMITH: Mostly because they've got that kind of brittle, not even brittle, that exoskeleton that can-- it's almost when they get chewed up, can be shard-like.

- All right so here's the deal this spring, watch your dog closely when they're off that leash and their mouth is near the ground. And if you don't have a command, like leave it, like Bob [? Turk ?] says all the time, experts say now is a great time to start practicing that.