Talk about lucky dogs! If you live on the East Coast of the US, you certainly are!
Why? The cicadas have come!
I LOVE cicadas! When we had them in our yard, Jen had to keep an eye on me so I wouldn’t stuff myself silly. DeDe didn’t seem to care for them. I didn’t mind- that was more for me!
Cicadas are high in protein, low in fat, low in carbohydrates and gluten-free.
Are they safe for dogs to eat? Yes! However, if you think they’ve been contaminated with pesticides, you shouldn’t let your dog eat them.
Cicadas can be a choking hazard, so be sure to closely supervise your dog when outside.
Don’t let your dog eat too many at one time, because it can cause stomach upset.
And don’t eat cicadas if you have a shellfish allergy!
Some humans capture and freeze cicadas so their dogs can have treats for a long time to come! Yum!
And some daring humans enjoy them too. Want to try cicadas? National Geographic published a recipe for Candied Cicadas.
Everything You Need to Know About the Cicada Swarm (Popular Mechanics)
Cicadas Are Treat for Dogs (Columbia Daily Tribune)