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WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

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WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:16 pm

WARNING - Processionary Caterpillars have made an early appearance this year See Article on Algarve Daily News

www.algarvedailynews.c...appearance

 

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Re: WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:21 pm

I normally let my dog off his leash when I am walking on tracks in the forest but having read the above post I now keep him on the leash. So far, I have not seen any caterpillars, however, the pine trees on either side of the tracks are full of what looks like balls of candyfloss and in one tree I counted 11 nests. How long do these creatures appear once they are on the ground and when will it be safe to let him run free again?

 

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Re: WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:05 am

Our poor Labrador hadn't even touched a caterpillar but must have been where they had recently travelled and she became very ill very quickly this morning. Luckily we noticed she was not herself and then began drooling so went straight to vet who gave her cortisone injection and spray for her mouth and she seems to be picking up.

 

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Re: WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:58 pm

Pleased to read that your prompt action by taking her to the vet has resulted in some improvement and hopefully a full recovery. In the absence of a reply from anyone regarding my question, I have stopped walking my dog in the forest altogether and now keep to tarmac roads well away from pine trees.

 

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Re: WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:44 am

Thank you wrebwen she is doing well. We will not come back at this time of year with our dogs in an area with pines. As I said she hadn't even touched one, being on the lead, just walked where they had been then probably licked her paw, so be very careful. Take care.

 

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Re: WARNING FOR PET OWNERS

Post Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:34 am

we had a strong frost since the first story was published.
I think/hope that largely killed them off.

 

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