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The Bugs of Summer - Tips from the ASPCA - Part 2

Summer is a fun time to be out in the sunshine, but it also means more exposure to bugs who can be toxic to our dogs.

According to the ASPCA Poison Control Center, caterpillars can pose a danger to dogs who come into contact with them. Caterpillars have two types of hair: urticating and stinging. When a dog's skin touches these hairs, they can experience reactions from mild local dermatitis and irritation to more intense allergic reactions. If a dog ingests a caterpillar, symptoms can include gastric distress, allergic reactions, skin irritation, and more. Dogs also face danger from the hairs getting into their eyes. To learn more about reactions and care, visit the ASPCA website

The ASPCA Poison Control Center (APCC) provides toxicology educational programs, consulting services, review of case data as an alternative to traditional animal research, and a 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment hotline which can be reached at 1-888-426-4435.

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