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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Dog Snacks
Those 17 year cicadas are due to hit here in Virginia this year. Here is an article describing what my dog has to look forward to:
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- This spring's crop of 17-year cicadas will seem like junk food to dogs and cats -- and, like junk food, they can make pets sick, the Humane Society of the United States warns.

"Imagine a yard full of chicken nuggets -- that's sort of what it's going to be like," Randall Lockwood, a Humane Society vice president and animal behaviorist, said Tuesday.

He said the insects are protein-rich but their exoskeletons are indigestible, so eating too many can cause vomiting or constipation.

For most pets, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience - and almost irresistible, he said.

"They're just so abundant that this is kind of the canine equivalent of a bag of potato chips," he said.

The bugs have a nutty flavor, David George Gordon, author of "The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook," told The Washington Post.

Lockwood said cicadas are meaty, and eating a few won't hurt your pet. But too many can overload an animal's digestive tract with chitin, the hard substance of which insect shells are made. If a pet has more than two vomiting episodes or appears to be in pain, a trip to the veterinarian may needed, he said.
My dog is a very picky eater, so she might not go for these, but you never know. These hit in the Chicago area in 1990, I think, so for some reason they are outta synch with Virginia. I remember them back then because I was working for the park district that summer on the cutting team and I was outside with those things all day. There were hundreds of them attached to every shrub, so if you disturbed them by bumping up against their bush with the mower a bunch would fly off. They were kinda nasty looking but pretty harmless.

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