Spanish National Police issue further warning on toxic caterpillars that pose LETHAL threat to dogs

Spanish National Police issue further warning on toxic caterpillars that pose LETHAL threat to dogs Credit: Twitter @policia

The Spanish National Police have issued a further warning on toxic caterpillars that pose a lethal threat to dogs if eaten.

The processionary caterpillar is native to North Africa, The Middle East, Southern Europe and the Southern Mediterranean area. It lives in tent-like nests that are found high in pine trees and uses its hairs, which contain an irritant chemical known as “Thaumetopoein”, to defend itself against predators. This chemical can cause rashes in humans, as well as allergic reactions in some cases. It is this same chemical that can cause lethal problems in dogs who ingest the caterpillar, prompting the warning issued by the Spanish National Police.

The Spanish National Police took to Twitter on Friday 29 April stating: “Be very careful if you are walking in areas with pine trees and you come across caterpillars. The Processionary Caterpillar is deadly to dogs and dangerous to children.”

 If you come into contact with the caterpillar please:

-Do not rub the area.

-Wash with water.

-Go to the doctor/veterinarian.”

Credit: Twitter @policia

The warning follows a warning issued last month and comes before the arrival of the sunnier weather, which increases the likelihood of encountering the toxic caterpillars, who are not seen as frequently during the colder and rainier periods of the year. 

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Joshua Manning

Originally from the UK, Joshua is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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