Are cicadas harmful to dogs?

CICADAS are ugly, annoying, and coming to a state near you.

But the good news is, they're harmless, even if your dog manages to eat one — or one too many.

Are cicadas harmful to dogs?

First and foremost, pet parents can get this worry out of the way: cicadas are not harmful to dogs.

Cicadas don't bite, they don't swarm, and they mostly mind their own buggy business.

According to CNET, a cicada's primary concern is getting busy — mating with other cicadas — so they don't really care what your pet pooch is up to.

But what happens if Fido makes a cicada into a snack?

What do you do if your dog eats a cicada?

If your dog is a big dog — like a Rottweiler or a German Shepherd — you'll have little, if anything, to worry about.

The worst that will happen is that poor little Sparky will have a bit of a stomachache — and may get diarrhea — from eating too many of your new noisy neighbors.

But if you have a small dog, you may have a little more to be concerned about.

Smaller dogs may choke on cicadas because they're a little too big for their tiny throats.

So, if you let your little dog out in the backyard, keep an eye on him or her when the cicadas come out to play (with each other).

"If your animal feasts on piles of them while they are outside, they can end up with upset stomachs, vomiting or diarrhea," said entomologist Jonathan Larsen.

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