Although it’s adorable but you’re left wondering what the reason your dog is engaging in this kind of behavior, and if bugs can cause harm for dogs. You don’t want your furry friend to be sick because you suddenly noticed that he was craving for a butterfly or beetle.
Knowing why your dog consumes bugs and stopping the bug from eating that can be harmful to dogs can help you determine what you can do if he decides to eat bugs.
Why dogs eat bugs
Dogs consume bugs as they are curious. They can see the tiny creature moving around or crawling across the floor and want to chase after it. Dogs are fond of moving objects such as toys and balls It only follows that they’d want to be after bugs too. Your dog may also love the way the bug smells or how it crinkles inside his mouth, however disgusting as it may sound.
Your dog may have eaten lots of items that aren’t considered dog food such as shoelaces, paper or socks, as well as sand. You probably didn’t observe them eating these things but only discovered the fact later when he was in the toilet. Sometimes, dogs take a break and eat something strange for example, eating insects. It’s part of being an animal. However, certain insects can be toxic for dogs and you must make every effort to prevent your dog from eating them.
Bugs that are bad for dogs
Be on the lookout for insects that feed on excrement. If your dog is fed the bugs, they might be bitten by stomach worms. Pests that feed on the feces of cockroaches, crickets caterpillars, fireflies Asian Lady Beetles, and Grubs.
June bugs pose a risk for dogs due to the fact that dogs are unable to take in their shells. If your dog consumes excessively in June they could cause obstruction of the intestinal tract, vomiting and diarrhea.
Although stink bugs aren’t poisonous to dogs, the odour excreta from them can cause irritation to your dog’s digestive tract, causing an excessive amount of drooling or vomiting.
The danger of spiders is as some can be poisonous. If your dog is fed the Brown Recluse or Black Widow spider, he might be sick. If he eats a caterpillar or a Monarch, he might be unwell due to Monarch butterflies consume milkweed, which is poisonous to dogs.
Slugs, earthworms bees, fleas and wasps should also be avoided since they could make your dog sick, too.
Toxic Bugs Your Dog Should Avoid
Sometimes, it’s not the bug but the bugs diet that could create the greatest risk for your pet. Monarch caterpillars inhale Milkweed and are highly toxic for dogs. It causes nausea, vomiting and may affect the heart. Thankfully, the bitter flavor of these bugs make it impossible that your dog will ingest these bugs.
Although Monarch caterpillars are known to use Milkweed as a part in their food, caterpillars from any type may come in contact with or consume plants that have characteristics that can be harmful to other species. It is best to leave most of caterpillars to themselves.
Certain bugs, like stink bugs and cicadas are known to swarm in large numbers. A dog that is extremely enthusiastic may be able to see them and consider them as a feast. Although a small amount aren’t harmful in their own right but if a dog is allowed to eat a significant amount of them without inhibition and unsupervised, it could cause the formation of a mass called bezoar to develop within the stomach. It could require surgery to remove. Costly and gross.
Wasps and bees It’s a given that bees and wasps that they are not suitable pet food to consume. They also have the stingers that can cause injuries to their face or eyes, a mischievous dog could be caught in an swarm or even a nest.
Make sure you regularly inspect your home for evidence of nesting insects, and when you find one, you should contact an exterminator or beekeeper to help you clear it!
Another issue to be considered is parasites. Cockroaches are in particular are susceptible to parasites. They are frequently in contact with feces. eating them could result in your dog contracting the same parasites that infest the digestive system.
Grasshoppers are yet another contaminant that your dog needs to be kept clear of. They can be attracted to chase them the late summer as they flit across your backyard, however, they have parasites and roundworms that could be harmful.
Can dogs eat flies?
If your dog is a fan of fly larvae isn’t a huge issue. While household flies are known to spread more than 65 different diseases on humans. However, your dog is blessed with an acidic and short digestive tract which can kill off the bacteria that the fly is carrying. Gnats, fruit flies and drain flies aren’t in any way harmful. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that your dog will become sick after swallowing some.
Other concerns surrounding bugs
There are other issues about dog eating bugs. For instance, if you use poison to kill bugs, and bugs eat that poison or gets covered in it, it may cause toxicity to your dog as he eats it. It’s recommended to keep your pets out of the room while you treat it for insects.
If your dog chases an venomous spider, wasp or bee, he may be bitten. Fleas can bite you too. Before letting your dog go outside it is recommended to treat the area using pet-safe chemicals to eliminate all harmful bugs such as bees, spiders and fleas and wasps. Make sure to use chemicals that aren’t dangerous to your dog and make sure to keep him away from the area until you’ve finished.
There’s no good reason to why dogs consume bugs, other than the fact that they are naturally curious creatures. If you observe the dog seems becoming more alert than usual, has a higher rate of vomiting, having diarrhea, is constantly drooling or is acting oddly in any other way, bring your dog to the veterinarian promptly. It is important to ask your veterinarian about ways to protect your dog from getting bitten by bugs in the near future and if they have any positive dog-training techniques you could use to instruct your dog. This will help you keep him safe from bugs in the near future.