Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Dog owners beware - the Processionary Pine Caterpillar is on the move
Walking in Hydra today I came across these caterpillars, nose to tail, on the path. The uninitiated may be tempted to take a closer look but those in the know will give them a wide berth. These are dastardly creatures which fire dust and spines at you if you get too close. At best this causes an irritation but children and allergic adults can be taken very ill. If your dog gets near them and shows any signs of discomfort please head straight for the vet. Dogs can sniff the spines up into their nostrils or walk over the caterpillars and get stung. Once the dog licks its paws, the poison gets into its mouth. This can be fatal or the dog can lose part of its tongue. So if you are walking in an area with pine trees, look up and see if there are any of the nests in the trees. If so, I'd keep your dog on a short lead and watch where you step.