Stroll once your eyes are diverted and it may have already happened. The animals also suffer from the oak processionary moth. But how can you protect them and what should you consider?
Veterinary Werner Stefanie Mors has tips to avoid contact with the toxic caterpillar, shows how you can recognize allergic reactions and what you can do about it:
1. How can processionary oak spinners induce an allergy in animals?
At first glance, their fur protects animals from external influences. The same goes for the hair of oak processionary centrifuges, which can trigger allergies. In animals, the danger is in the mouth.
If dog, cat and company come in contact with the mouth with the hair, it can go wrong. This is especially serious when the hairs get into the mouth of the animal or are even swallowed.
2. How to detect an allergic reaction to the processionary oak tree in dogs and cats:
Animals may react differently to the oak processionary's hairs. If an animal starts to salivate or does not want to eat, it can clearly indicate pain.
"Even on a fiery red mouth, pet owners can detect an allergic reaction," said Mors. An allergic reaction causes severe inflammation of the snout, eyes, or buccal cavity. Horses can also have blazons. Even dyspnea is possible through the hair of the oak processionary in animals.
3. How to react in case of an allergic reaction:
If halters suggest an allergic reaction in animals, action should be taken quickly. On one side, first aid can be provided: calm the animal and, if possible, rinse the mouth and coat with water.
In case of emergency, the veterinarian must have the optimal solution to take care of the pet owner. Especially in case of respiratory distress, rapid action is necessary.
4. How veterinarians treat allergic reactions:
Veterinarians decide on a case-by-case basis what to do. Generally, veterinarians use cortisone injections, painkillers and perhaps even antibiotics to control the allergic reaction in dogs, cats and others.
5. Tips for the beak:
It is not even necessary for the animals to come in contact with the oak processionary's hair at the exit. When you run with the dog, you have to: leave the four paws on a leash to gain control.
Animals do not realize that the oak processionary is a danger to them and that it is difficult to transmit them. This is why the guards must keep their eyes open.
Free cats are even less under control than dogs. After the race, it is therefore necessary to examine the coat and brush with a fine comb.
6. Fur is both a protection and a danger:
Although the coat protects animals from external influences, it is also a danger. For example, the hair of the oak processionary gather there. By licking the animals, the hair can enter the mouth. Therefore, always check well after exhausting the coat.
7. Protect yourself from the oak processionary:
With regard to coat control, however, pet owners must also look after their health, as they may also be allergic if they touch the oak processionary's hair. Mors recommends wearing gloves.