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pekinesse dog and cicada

by Cindy
(Tennessee)

miko, pekinesse dog

miko, pekinesse dog

Miko is two years old and encountered a large cicada which he touched with his nose. The bug let out this very loud noise and jumped at least 20 feet away. Miko was startled and a few moments later became woobly and and could not walk, like he had lost his balance. I immediatlely picked him up, fearing that he was stung,and carried him inside. He was shaking and his heart was racing. I looked up cicadas in the internet and found that they are not toxic and do not sting. He recovered in about 15 minutes and has been fine ever since. My question is: Did fear cause this reaction? He is a very active little dog, we take walks every day, and he seems quite healthy. I did not pick him up until I noticed that he was having trouble walking, almost falling over on one side. He tried to go towards the area where the cicada had landed, but turned to come back to me and that is when he nearly collapsed, a half a minute after the original encounter with the bug. I wondered if this was some kind of shock reaction..... it is dangerous? --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Cindy,


You are right, cicada are not poisonous and do not sting. One possible cause for the signs you saw may have been a minor seizure caused by the excitement. Pekinesse dogs are prone to seizures so it is a possiblity, but it seems like he has recovered okay.

Thanks,

Dr. Chris

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