What happens if a dog or cat eats a cicada?

Billions of Brood X cicadas are coming in the next few weeks, adding a bit of crunch to your yard and possibly your pet's diet. 

But can your pets eat cicadas? The short answer is yes, but not too many. 

Cicadas don't bite or sting, so the biggest issue for pets is overconsumption.

Gene Kritsky, a leading cicada expert and dean of Behavioral & Natural Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University, said it all depends on the pet. 

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"If the dog can't stop eating them, it could lead to bowel obstruction," Kristy said.

The exoskeleton of the cicada is undigestible, he said. Some pets might eat one or two and should be fine, but others may eat too many, which would lead to issues. 

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