5/16/2013

Cicadas do not pose a major health risk for pets, according to experts including veterinarian Padma Yadlapalli, who says pets will likely spit out any cicada they try to eat. If ingested, gastrointestinal upset or possibly blockage could occur, so veterinarians advise discouraging ingestion. However, there is no danger of disease: "While they might be a nuisance, they don't sting, they don't bite, and they don't carry disease," says veterinarian Shelly Rubin.

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