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Dear Daisy Dog

My dog tries to eat cicadas – and even the empty shells they leave when they molt. He goes after cicadas like they’re chicken nuggets.

I’ve heard the shells are poisonous to dogs, so I try to pick them up whenever I can. Is this necessary?

Daisy Responds

No. Cicadas, including their shells, are not toxic.

However, overindulgence in anything, whether it’s cicadas or chicken nuggets, can cause stomach and intestinal distress. Just ask my brother Sam, who recently ate the back legs off a groundhog he’d caught and killed in our backyard.

While cicadas aren’t toxic, some insects cause us dogs surprising trouble. For example, the hairs of the wooly bear caterpillar are extremely irritating if they become lodged in our delicate lips or eyes.

Now that I’ve finished answering your question, I’ll turn the computer over to Christopher Cat and head outside to sample the delicacy your dog recommends.

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