Spiders and pine processionary

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When the cold is ending and spring is approaching, it is the moment when you have to be vigilant so that our Srs Dogs do not approach these caterpillars, they are dangerous, a lot, and also for humans.

You have to be careful between February and April.

Due to climate change there are more and more and, in addition, their radius of action is approaching urban areas.

For this reason, although obviously where they are usually in the pine forests, we can also come across them in gardens and public parks in almost all cities, both on the Peninsula and in the Balearic Islands.

In Madrid there are already in El Retiro, in Tierno Galván and in Lineal. In the community of Andalusia. There have been alerts for processionary pests on the Mediterranean coast in Cartagena, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and Castellón. Also in Castelldefells, as well as in Barcelona, ​​both in the Estació del Nord Park and in the Pegaso park. In Malaga they tell us that there is in the Teatinos area, Portada Alta.

Why are they called processionaries? How to recognize them?

After feeding for about 30 days, the caterpillars descend to the ground from their nests in characteristic Indian rows (hence their common name "processionaries"). The cause is unknown but it is proven that it is always a female (a larva that will originate an adult female) that guides the procession.

They are extremely poisonous: they produce hives and allergies in people and animals. 

The risk is when you touch them or get too close to them, their stinging hairs are like poisoned darts and they have hundreds of thousands: when they feel threatened they release them. That is why you do not have to have touched them to be affected.

If your dog sniffs or, worse, licks one of these caterpillars you should immediately take him to the vet. 

How to know if your dog has been in contact with a processionary?

You will be trying to scratch your mouth because it will hurt. The visible symptoms are inflammation of the lips, mouth and even the head.

What to do?

You can wash his mouth with warm water but the most important thing is to go quickly to the vet so that they can give your dog a treatment with fast-acting corticosteroids.

The result can be from necrosis of part of the tongue to death: if the infection reaches the larynx, it can die from asphyxia.