The Processionary Caterpillar

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The processionary caterpillar builds it’s nests in the pine trees from early January onwards. Their white fluffy appearence look like candy floss… Nothing but trouble for curious dogs!

Inside these nest, the caterpillar goes through several stages of larvae and in the last one, number four, the body is covered with an incredible number of microscopic hairs.

Each hair can cause a severe allergic reaction to humans and animals alike.  It is not even necessary to physically touch a caterpillar.  Hair blow in the wind is enough to create  great blisters on exposed parts of the body and a visit to the veterinary is called  for.

  WHATEVER METHOD IS USED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO MUZZEL YOUR DOG WHEN YOU GO FOR A WALK WHERE THERE ARE PINE TREES.

We all love to walk in the pine forests.  It would be sensible to put a muzzle on your dog for these walks.  Your dog will soon get used to his muzzle and it offers protection from all kinds of hazards – especially the dangers of the processionary caterpillar.

Processionary caterpillars derive their name from the way they march in file.  Coming down the pine tree they form a single file and walk behind their leader to their new territory,  where they will stay underground during the summer.
Interestingly, if their leader  loses its way, the file has been seen to walk endlessly  nose to tail, in a circle.

Dogs and Cats will paw them and will be poisoned immediately.  The pain will cause the pet to bring its paw to its mouth, and the result is gangrene.  This is a highly dangerous situation and the pet can die within hours.

 

CALL YOUR VET AND TAKE STRAIGHT TO YOUR VET

Immediate action is called for. Explain what has happened and take your dog straight away. DO NO TOUCH YOUR PET ! Roll it in a towel and try to get someone to help you.  Always be prepared for such an emergency.