BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Cicadas and their shells will soon be covering our lawns and sidewalks, and curious pets may think they would make a crunchy snack, but are they safe?
According to a local veterinarian, in small doses the insets are fine, but if they eat a lot of them, it could affect their digestive system.READ MORE: The Fight For Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Maryland Will Be 5th State To Ban Testing Makeup On Animals
If this happens, your four-legged friend might need anti-nausea or other stomach medication.READ MORE: Johns Hopkins University Helping India Fight Covid Surge
Experts also warn eating the insects is more of a canine issue than feline and the cicadas and their shells could become a choking hazard, especially for small dogs.
This spring, watch your dog closely when they’re off the leash and their mouth is near the ground.MORE NEWS: Driver Sought In Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Lakisha Furnanders
If you don’t have a command like “leave it”, experts say now is a great time to start practicing.