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The record cicada emergence this summer: how to protect your pets safe



Little Rock, Arkansas – With summer quickly approaching, the greatest cicada breakout in more than 200 years is also expected.

For the first time since 1803, Cicada Broods XIX, which arises every 13 years, and XIII, which develops every 17 years, will be buzzing together.

Although cicadas do not pose a threat to humans, representatives of the Best Friends Animal Society are reminding people to keep their pets safe amid the hysteria surrounding cicadas.

• Time Your Walks: Supervise and limit outdoor activities during the warmer times of the day, when cicadas are more active.

• If possible, keep dogs and cats away from areas with large cicada populations.

• Leash Love: If walking a dog, keep them on a leash to prevent them from wandering off and potentially encountering and ingesting cicadas

• Cicada-Proof the Yard: If you have a fenced yard, consider inspecting it for any gaps or holes where cicadas might enter. Patching up small gaps can help keep cicadas out and your pets safe.

• Muzzle for a Minute: In situations where people are unable to prevent their dogs from eating cicadas while in the yard or if the dog isn’t accustomed to being leashed, using a muzzle during potty breaks could be a temporary solution.

• However, this should only be considered if the dog has been properly trained to wear a muzzle.

If ingested in moderation, cicadas are not poisonous to pets, but they might create other problems.

“Their hard exoskeletons can pose a choking hazard or cause gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large amounts,” Dr. Becca Boronat, the veterinarian said.

When pets eat too many cicadas, they can get sick to their stomachs, vomit, have diarrhea, drool a lot, feel lethargic, and lose their appetite.

“If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to monitor your pet closely and contact your veterinarian for further guidance,” Dr. Boronat said.



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