Does your dog like snapping at flying insects that whizz by his head? During the warmer months, flying insects of all kinds become very numerous and busy, including stink bugs!
Has your dog ever eaten a stink bug? Are you familiar with stink bugs?
What is a Stink Bug?
Stink bugs are large insects that are sometimes shaped like a shield (here, think shields that were used in medieval times), or even like an oval. The reason they’re called “stink bugs” is due to the odor they release, which is created by glands in their abdomen. Scientists are completely sure, but they believe the bugs release this odor as a form of protection. Whatever causes them to release the odiferous compound, the smell is pretty bad, you could even say it’s pretty nasty.
To top it off, the bugs also have secretions that make them taste very bitter. These secretions can make a dog drool or vomit if he happened to catch and eat the insect.
Why Would a Dog Eat a Stink Bug?
Dogs are not discerning eaters; in fact, they’re notorious for eating all kinds of things. Dogs have been known to eat and swallow socks, kids’ toys, and more. And some dogs seem to find it fun to catch and eat insects.
Are Stink Bugs Poisonous to Dogs?
The good news is they are not, in spite of the odor stink bugs release. And as far as we know, dogs don’t suffer from any long-term effects after eating stink bugs. If your canine companion has eaten a stink bug, most likely he’ll be just fine and suffer no ill effects.
Possible Side Effects After Eating a Stink Bug
Having said that, dogs may suffer some short-term health effects from the stink bug. These can include:
- Secretions can cause drooling, eye irritations
The drooling and eye irritation may occur within seconds after being sprayed with the chemical from the bugs. The vomiting and diarrhea may happen withing 8-12 hours and won’t last too long.
So, if your fur baby happens to eat a stink bug, the worst that may happen is the drooling and eye irritation, or a tummy upset. These won’t last long, and before you know it, your pup will be back to his normal self! He may, however, be more wary of stink bugs in the future!