Processors, all you need to know to protect your dog

With the arrival of spring, the processionists return, the insects can endanger the dog with a stinging hair. Let’s find out what symptoms follow an acquaintance and how to protect our four-legged friends.

Like every year, the danger comes back in the procession. This seemingly innocuous insect is actually extremely destructive to the pine forest and poses a serious threat to dog health.

Pine procession (Thaumatopoa petiocampa) A very broad insect that returns to full activity in the spring. In fact, this season, the insects abandon the insects lined up like a real procession, find a suitable place to bury themselves and then turn into butterflies.

You have all seen these insects or their nests at least once in a park or garden. Recent climate changes, among other things, are in favor of widespread expansion and testify to the recent emergencies that have occurred since the insect infestation.

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The problem is that the procession has a strongly stung hair that is dangerous for deadly reactions, especially in dogs.

The fur of the parasite may come in contact with the dog’s mantle, but it may come in contact with the mouth and mucous membranes if the animal comes close to the insect through its mouth. It causes necrosis of cellular tissues and damage can even cause damage to parts of the tongue.

Signs of possible communication

  • Sudden excessive saliva
  • The face is swollen
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Fever
  • He retched
  • Diarrhea
  • Losing vitality
  • Refusal of food

The dog that puts a procession in its mouth is more likely to have shortness of breath, so it is important to check that it does not come in contact with these insects.

Let us not forget that, among other things, the procession moth is also annoying to people who, by mistake, touch it, causing redness, blisters and blisters on the skin. This is a danger especially for children who are attracted to these insects.

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Several Italian municipalities have already begun reporting the return of processionists, in some cases closing the most risky areas within parks or gardens and starting disinfection.

Simple tips to avoid taking risks

  • Avoid areas where processionists may be present and do not stop at the bottom of the pine
  • Do not touch the procession or their home
  • Control pets and children who may be interested by these insects

In case of contact with a procession moth, it is advisable to inform the doctor or veterinarian immediately if there is any question of dog or other animal.

What to do if your dog comes in contact with procession moth?

– Try to move the dog away from where the caterpillars are: Nervousness or pain makes it easier to make new acquaintances, exacerbates wounds.

– Open the mouth to monitor the condition of the tongue and identify the area of ​​mucus in the mouth.

– Wash the affected area. Ideally, this would be with physiological saline, but since it needs to be done as soon as possible, tap water should be useful, especially warm, because heat reduces the activity of toxins. If you have a syringe it can help you. The same applies to the eyes, which can be washed well with plenty of water or saline.

– Avoid rubbing the area as it will break the hair, helping to release more toxins

– See a veterinarian as soon as possible

Finally, keep in mind that the practice of shooting at procession houses is useless and dangerous. In the following article we explain why:

The procession, he’s back: because it’s pointless to shoot at homes!

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