Surely you have seen in pine forests, parks, forests or gardens, caterpillars moving along the ground in a line like a procession, does that sound familiar? They are known precisely as processionary caterpillars.
Although they may seem innocuous, their body is covered in hairs that release a toxin called Thaumatopenia, capable of causing serious allergic reactions in your dog when sniffing, licking or eating them.
The most common symptoms of this intoxication are: hyper salivation (drooling), itching, inflammation of the head, lips and tongue, being able to appreciate color changes in these areas, agitation, vomiting, panting, respiratory distress, etc. In some cases, contact with the caterpillars can be fatal.
For all this, we leave you some tips to avoid the risk of this poisoning:
- Avoid walks with your dog in areas infested with caterpillars, especially between February and April, when temperatures begin to rise, although due to climate change their presence is increasing more and more.
- You should use gloves and wash the affected area well with running water, but without rubbing, since friction stimulates the production of toxins and helps their penetration and, we repeat, go immediately to your veterinarian.
- In the presence of this insect in parks, gardens or forests, inform the authorities so that they take the necessary measures. To eliminate caterpillars from your field or garden, seek advice from a pest control company so that they can propose the best solution.
- In case of contact with a caterpillar, go immediately to your vet. How quickly treatment is given is essential to saving your life.