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No, you do not got to Be Worried Your Dog (Or Cat) Is Eating Cicadas

You were hoping it might be an isolated incident.


Your cat catches a cicada on the balcony, brings it inside, chows down and promptly presents on the hardwood floor.




But over the course of just a couple of days, it happens again. And again.


So you revoke his outside privileges and call the vet.


Brood X, as this resurgence of cicadas is named , has been 17 years within the making. It's inspired a renaissance in cicada cuisine — chefs advocate for the additional protein intake that comes with a cicada-crusted beefsteak or chocolate-crusted cicadas.


So if humans can experiment with the newly-unearthed insects within the kitchen, could they really be that bad for pets? Or does your cat just have an uncharacteristically sensitive stomach?


The answer, consistent with Dr. Nita Vasudevan of Peachtree Creek Animal Hospital in Georgia, may be a little bit of both.


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Cicadas themselves aren't toxic — but if they are not a neighborhood of your furry friend's regular diet, then there is a chance they will cause discomfort or gastrointestinal upset, says Dr. Vasudevan.


"Also, rarely, ingestion can cause possible allergies which might present as facial swelling, diffuse body hives and itching and if more severe of a reaction, fever, vomiting and diarrhea," she adds.


The American Kennel Club offered similar guidance during a recent blog post. Although a few of cicadas probably won't do much harm, AKC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein warned that "dogs that gorge on the massive , crunchy insects will find the exoskeleton difficult to digest and may suffer serious consequences."

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