The well-known pine Caterpillar procesionaria cone lives in pine forests. The butterfly there leave their eggs on the top of the tree and a month the larvae begin to feed themselves and make their nests. When the temperature exceeds the 10 degrees down to the ground by the trunk of the tree, always in a row one after another (in procession).
When dogs see this row that moves draws them attention, When the dog plays or sucks the Caterpillar occurs the infection.
The caterpillars are surrounded by a stinging hair, When the dog the plays nail you these hairs in the skin acting as a Harpoon, These hairs contain a toxic in contact with skin causes the release of histamine and consequently the allergic reaction.
The most characteristic symptoms are swelling of the lips, the language, or head. The dog begins to salivary in abundance, is pain, and you can see that he is nervous.
Yes the dog touched the Caterpillar with language occurs necrosis caused by the fall of that piece of language or even the whole language. This is because the inflammation that causes the Caterpillar is as bestial own inflammation to oppress the capillaries and vessels of the tongue so die all or part of it .
The biggest problem is when it involves the larynx, that there is a swelling of the, This will lead to the death of the animal if it is not an emergency traqueotomia.
To treat it you should wash your mouth with warm water because the color destroys the toxin of the Caterpillar.
We need to go very fast to the vet to enable to deal it with antihistaminicos, steroids and analgesics. I repeat, veterinary care is vital.
To prevent it we must avoid in spring dogs wander through areas of pine forests. We do have pine trees at home can locate their nests in winter, remove them and burn them. You can put a protective plastic cup and so can not download, There are many ways to avoid these caterpillars, We only need to know which is the most practical for us.