Disturbing discovery: vet finds ladybug colony in dog's mouth
A veterinarian from Kansas's Hoisington Veterinary Hospital opened a heavily-drooling and foaming dog's mouth and you'll hardly believe what he found. Stuck in the canine's gums was a whole colony of ladybugs! But the vet wasn't all that surprised: “This is the second pup I have seen like this today,” explained the animal doctor. “If your pet is drooling or foaming at the mouth, look for these ladybugs.”
Ladybugs get into a dog's mouth on pieces of grass and then settle in on the dog's gums. The insects can bite painfully, plus what they secrete through their legs causes burns on the sensitive internal surfaces of dogs' jowls as well as on their tongues. Excess salivation and foaming at the mouth are both signs of a bug infestation.
Luckily it's easy to remove the little intruders with your fingers or a spoon. But then a vet should treat the dog's internal injuries. The affected pooch from Kansas has meanwhile recovered. Her owner is now much more cautious, when she starts exploring in the grass.
— Ernie and Berti (@Berti_and_Ernie) November 8, 2016
Share these pictures with your animal-loving friends so they'll be able to recognize the symptoms of ladybug-infestation in their four-legged friends!