Maybe. Usually the answer is no, but it depends on the insect.
These insects pose no threat to dogs if eaten, and add a little protein boost to your dog’s diet.
Safe, But Irritating Insects
These insects aren’t highly toxic, but when eaten in large quantities they can cause an upset stomach.
- Most spiders (excluding the brown recluse and black widow, which are dangerous)
- June bugs
- Stink bugs
- Asian lady beetles (resemble lady bugs)
These insects should be avoided, either because of toxic venom, allergic reactions, or risk of parasites.
- Brown recluse and black widow spiders
- Bees and wasps
Symptoms to Look For
Symptoms vary depending on the insect, but keep an eye out for any changes in your dog’s health. Call your vet if your dog exhibits any of the symptoms below.
- Mouth pain or swelling
- Upset stomach, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea
- Evidence of parasites
- Loss of appetite
For More Information
We have a number of articles to help you determine what’s safe for your dog to eat and what to avoid. You might also be interested in reading “Can My Dog Eat Flies?” or “Can My Dog Eat Ants?” or “Can My Dog Eat Spiders?“
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.