Pets and Cicadas: What You Need To Know

May 13, 2024

As billions of cicadas begin to emerge across the U.S., Dr. Jennifer Pearl, chief medical officer at the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America, shares tips and advice to help keep pets safe and healthy around the insects this spring, and throughout the summer season.

Dr. Pearl’s Summer Safety Tips for Pets: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know

  • Cicadas do not sting or bite and are generally not dangerous if eaten by a pet. However, the insects can cause an upset stomach or – in a worst-case scenario – an intestinal blockage. Be sure to monitor your pet and call your vet to report any abnormal behavior such as excessive salivating, lethargy or repeated vomiting.
  • Fleas, ticks and heartworms are more prevalent during warm months. Make sure pets receive a regular parasite preventative.
  • Warmer weather means more time outdoors and more opportunities for pets to slip away. Be sure pets wear collars and ID tags at all times. Having a microchip also increases the chances of a wandering pet’s return home. The AMCMA is currently offering the microchip service at a discounted cost of only $20.24. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to make an appointment.
  • Never leave an animal in a parked car. When the outside temperature is over 70 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach more than 100 degrees in just minutes, regardless of whether a window is cracked. If you see a distressed animal in a hot car, call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs immediate attention. Learn more here.
  • Be mindful of insecticides and lawn and garden products. Many of these products can be harmful to pets if ingested. Always read directions and warnings prior to the application of any outdoor product and keep pets away as appropriate.

“Warmer weather offers an ideal opportunity to get outdoors and spend quality time with your pet,” said Pearl. “Taking the time now to prepare with these tips can help ensure you’ll continue to make memories together for seasons to come.”