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Great information on here, these are definately to be avoided. We first saw them walking along in their line shortly moving over here. After speaking to our vets it is a serious problem with them seeing lots of cases, they actually had a case the other day, a young puppy fortunately caught early enough. The antihistamines are a good idea to have to hand but as these catepillars are so toxic, the vets recommend getting your dog to them asap for antibiotics as well as antihistamine treatment.

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Great information on here, these are definately to be avoided. We first saw them walking along in their line shortly moving over here. After speaking to our vets it is a serious problem with them seeing lots of cases, they actually had a case the other day, a young puppy fortunately caught early enough. The antihistamines are a good idea to have to hand but as these catepillars are so toxic, the vets recommend getting your dog to them asap for antibiotics as well as antihistamine treatment.
It really is a worry. They will be out and about soon!
We are surrounded by trees most now eucalyptus but the odd pine tree.
Now that has me thinking... Are their any over the counter antihistamines suitable for our 4 legged friends. Or is it necessary to get some from the vets?

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It really is a worry. They will be out and about soon!
We are surrounded by trees most now eucalyptus but the odd pine tree.
Now that has me thinking... Are their any over the counter antihistamines suitable for our 4 legged friends. Or is it necessary to get some from the vets?
Treatment to have to hand that is recommended are Prednisolone tablets (Lepicortinolo Prednisolona in portugal) available from pharmacies without prescription, a 20mg tablet administered and then followed by syringing fresh orange juice down your dogs throat. Plus an antihistamine tablet e.g. Tinset available from the pharmacies. You can also look into homeopathy remedy Apis Mellifica used for allergic reactions. But the most important thing to do if you suspect your dog has come into contact is to get to the vets asap for cortisone injection, antibiotics and fluid therapy, time is critical, symptoms can be seen within 5 minutes of contact.

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Go easy on the chainsaw.

These trees are iconic to the country.

Since my grand-grand parents processionária has been around and I have never heard of anybody dying or going disable because the processionária.

My son had a rash, me too, we touched the processionária, so what? We keep our pine trees, they had been around for quite a while...

Everyday 2 pesons die in the PT roads, should we ban cars ?

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Everyday 2 pesons die in the PT roads, should we ban cars ?
No, just bad drivers!

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Go easy on the chainsaw.

These trees are iconic to the country.

Since my grand-grand parents processionária has been around and I have never heard of anybody dying or going disable because the processionária.

My son had a rash, me too, we touched the processionária, so what? We keep our pine trees, they had been around for quite a while...

Everyday 2 pesons die in the PT roads, should we ban cars ?
The processionary caterpillar hairs can be fatal to dogs. They need treatment VERY quickly if they have ingested them. Generally within a couple of hours.
The rash for me is very serious a being a transplant recipient I have a suppressed immune system. So please don't make light of it.

I had to chop down my pine trees but not because of the caterpillars....they had a disease under the bark caused by a beetle/insect. I suggest you read the following article before you pass judgement http://www.aboutmyplanet.com/environment/wormy-trees/

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Siobhandf: Did not mean to upset you, would also chop down the trees in your case. Regarding the link I am well aware of the nematode problem, had to deal with it myself, another problem for these trees.

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The pine caterpillar
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The pine caterpillar is an insect which attacks this tree, weakening it and causing her death. It also has a detrimental effect not only in humans, causing them skin irritation, eye and respiratory tract, but also in dogs, when moved by curiosity near the muzzle and bite off the caterpillars.
The toxic effect immediately take them a lot of swelling and difficulty breathing. The dog with these symptoms should be taken to the vet immediately because a delay of several hours can cause irreversible damage that you passed on to the decay of tissue that is the language, requiring the cutting of infected areas. In more severe cases it is not uncommon complete disconnection of the tongue.

Since there is a lack of information on this subject, most people, at certain times of the year and exactly the most pleasant seasons, walk their dogs in pine forests, never guessing that run a huge danger.

In recent years, pests have developed due to climate change, the bad management of forests in our country , and especially the lack of predators.
Among the main predators of these caterpillars, are four of our species of chickadees: Great Tit (Parus major), Blue-Tit (Parus cearuleus), Tit-for-spares (Parus cristatus) and Collier-Tit (Parus ater).
Each because these species have less nesting habitat due to management of forests and forested areas. Is that these animals need trees for nesting cavities, and the policy of slaughter of old trees and replacing trees new, especially in urban areas or production, the "niche" of these species will to life, although there is much food .
(By Francisco Barros - Biologist)


Like all insects, development of insect passes through several phases:
Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis (cocoon) and butterfly (adult insect).
The larvae go through several stages of development. It is from the 3rd stage, from mid February to late May, their stinging hairs that produce skin allergies, eye and respiratory tract.
From the 5th stage of development, the caterpillars leave their nests, down the trunk of the pine and head in procession, hence the name processionary to the ground where they burrow to the next phase of cocoon and evolve finally to the stage the adult insect, which emerges in the summer.


PLUS good photos to see what you should be on the lookout for...
Lagarta do pinheiro

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Placing this thread as a sticky to bring all the pet issues (like processionary caterpillars and Leishmanosis) under one thread.
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After reading this thread and recently confronting these nasty caterpillars on the ground near my home..........some more information........<HERE>

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