Source: Scripps News

The imminent emergence of billions of cicadas prompts questions about pet safety. While cicadas are not toxic and don’t sting or bite, overconsumption can lead to stomach upset in pets. Sandra Faeh of the American Veterinary Medical Association advises caution, suggesting training commands like “drop it” or “leave it” to prevent excessive ingestion. The sharp and brittle discarded shells may pose a choking hazard if swallowed.

This year, two cicada broods with different life cycles will emerge simultaneously across several states, a rare event not expected to recur until 2245. Cicada noise, as loud as a motorcycle or leaf blower, generally doesn’t alarm pets as much as sudden sounds like fireworks. Overall, pets are considered safe during the cicada emergence, with minimal risks associated.

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