It can be fun to sit back and watch your pet chase a bug around the yard, but did you know that some can be more dangerous for our pets than we realized? Here’s a list of bugs to keep away from your four-legged friend.
June bugs are found all across the world and come in many different forms. Eating one or two shouldn’t be enough to upset your pet, but ingesting too many could be dangerous. Our pets have a hard time digesting their shells, which could cause blockages, while they could also cause an upset stomach.
Ticks carry a range of diseases. If they are left for too long on your pet, then they could cause paralysis or even loss of life as a result. Thankfully, there are many ways to safely remove them and prevent them in the first place. Just be sure to check your pet over every now and then, especially if they have been in long grass or woody areas.
Monarch butterflies are some of the biggest offenders. The caterpillars eat milkweed, which is poisonous for our pets. Other caterpillars, such as gypsy, asp, and slug moths, are spikey or hairy. These small spines can be toxic for our pets as they lead to painful reactions or intestinal problems.
Mosquitos are just as harmful to our pets as they are to humans, but did you know they could also pass on heartworm? There is no way to tell if a mosquito carries heartworm or not, and if symptoms are left untreated, then it could lead to your pet losing their life.
Depending on where you are in the world dictates if spiders are a huge problem for your pets or not. Venomous spiders can hide around our homes and yards. Sometimes, it might take a few days for symptoms to appear, but it’s vital to get your pet to the vet clinic as soon as you notice any changes.
Lightning bugs, or fireflies as they are commonly known, contain a toxin that makes them light up. Unfortunately, this is poisonous to both dogs and cats as well as birds and reptiles. Larger animals can eat the bugs without too much worry, but smaller animals usually need emergency medical treatment.
Let’s face it; most of us want to keep cockroaches out of our home, but you might want to invest in some repellent or call an exterminator rather than relying on your pet. It’s not necessarily the cockroach that is the issue, but the parasites that often live on the bugs. They can have serious side effects for your four-legged friend.
Thankfully, most pet owners know when their furry friend is acting a little off-color. Learning to spot these signs and making sure that you don’t encourage your pet to play with bugs can both help to keep them safe from harm’s way. If you’re worried, then the best thing to do is contact your local veterinary clinic for their advice and treatment.