Do you have a canine company at home? These tips will come in handy for the next few months
If you live in one of the many homes in which canine company is the joy of the house and their daily walks have become a healthy habit, surely you will be aware of the care you must take so that your dog is safe when it goes out to the street.
In this spring season, one of these cares is related to the processionary caterpillar, whose seasonal season began earlier this year, appearing already in the middle of February.
The processionary seriously affects dogs, which is an initial phase after coming into contact feel intense itching and increase their salivation. However, if the case is more serious, it can lead to necrotizing various tissues, causing inflammations and even, in certain situations, even death.
Pay attention to these tips that can facilitate walks with your dog so that he remains healthy and happy without fear of this threat.
Look at the pines
The processionary caterpillar appears in the upper area of the pines during the winter and moves down the trunk in the initial stage of spring. There it ends up being buried until it forms the chrysalis, with which it will end up becoming a butterfly. Therefore, when you walk with your canine friend, you must be careful in the pine forest areas, because it is more likely to find these caterpillars there.
Carry the tied dog
The more control you exercise over it, the more difficult it will be for it to access an area where processionary caterpillars pass. A leash that allows you to be the one in charge and not the animal is all insurance in these cases. Get one suitable for the size and weight of your dog and he will be more protected.
Watch the signs
If there is contact, your dog will soon notice the first discomforts, so you will observe a slightly abnormal behavior in him, such as shaking his head or the gesture of scratching his nose or tongue with his paws. In addition, it may present some redness on the skin .. Be attentive to these signs when they are not common in your dog.
Water, the best ally
If the contact occurs and the first symptoms are seen, you should resort to pouring plenty of cold water on the affected area, in order to eliminate the toxins that your dog may have caught. Don’t use creams or ointments. Always keep in mind where there may be a source of drinking water or bring your own bottle with tap water for these cases.
The vet, another help
If you see that the animal is unwell after this first relief measure, or if one of these caterpillars has been swallowed, you should quickly go to the vet, who will help him with the appropriate medications (he can use corticosteroids or antihistamines ). The percentage of dogs that die from contact with the processionary is not very high, but it rises notably when it does not receive prompt veterinary attention, especially if there is ingestion or risk of necrosis on the tongue.