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Pet Experts: “Don’t let your dog eat too many cicadas”

Food Eating Cicadas
FILE – A cicada appears in Elmhurst, Ill on May 30, 1990. Swarms of the red-eyed bugs reemerging after 17 years below ground offer a chance for home cooks to turn the tables: making the cicadas into snacks. Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas were used as a food source by Native Americans and are still eaten by humans in many countries.(AP Photo/Charles Bennett, File)

Sure they’re a great source of protein, but animal experts are warning pet owners to not let your dog or cat eat too many cicadas because they are hard to digest.
Trillions of cicadas have emerged across the U.S. after spending 17 years underground, and have become an easy source of protein for dogs and cats.
But now some dogs are getting sick from feasting on them.

Dr. Jerry Klein of the American Kennel Club says cicadas are not toxic, but they could be dangerous in excess.
An expert at Purdue University said cicadas have exoskeletons that could be hard to digest.
So a diet of too many cicada shells could make your pet sick.