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Cicadas Not (Probably) Harmful to Pets

WCIA-TV News (May 10) – Veterinarians with University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine say these insects aren’t toxic to cats, dogs, or humans. However, complications can still come if your furry friend eats cicadas. Their exoskeletons are an irritant to pets’ digestive tracts, which can lead to increased salivation, vomiting or diarrhea. For these reasons, Dr. Alyssa Baratta-Martin, a veterinarian with the primary care service at the college’s Veterinary Medicine South Clinic, advises owners to limit pets’ access to these snacks.