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Are box elder bugs poisonous

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Are box elder bugs poisonous?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 6 years ago.
My understanding is Box Elder bugs aren't toxic but they do taste bad so dogs and cats will salivate after eating them and may even vomit. They won't however hurt them and maybe the bad taste will stop them from eating bugs!
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 6 years ago.
If she is vomiting it's likely from another cause. Did she eat anything else? Has she been fully vaccinated? Has she had any diarrhea? If you can pinpoint that she ate new food, treats or table food and she's fully vaccinated then it's probably an upset stomach due to that. How many times has she vomited?
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 6 years ago.
If she's vomited once or twice then take away her food for 12 hours, just allow her small amounts of water. If she's continuing to vomit she needs to see her veterinarian as little breed puppies can dehydrate quickly. After her fast try introducing a bland diet. Make a homemade bland diet by boiling hamburger chunks (or ground chicken if she is sensitive to beef) until fully cooked (10 to 15 minutes, the color of fully cooked meat should have no red or pink) then mix in a 50:50 proportion with fully cooked plain white rice. Feed 1/4 of a cup per 10 pounds of dog 2 to 3 times daily. If she starts vomiting with the introduction of solid food she likely needs to see her veterinarian. If she seems to feel fine feed the bland diet for 2 days then gradually start mixing in her regular food in increasing amounts over the next 3 to 4 days until she's off the bland diet and back on her regular food.