The mild winter has brought the early appearance of processionary caterpillars that can kill dogs and sicken young children.

Sightings have been recorded in wooded areas in the province of Alicante and Murcia, as well as in the northwestern region of Castilla y León.

The processionary caterpillars form long lines, crawling one after the other and appear among pine trees throughout the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

Their eggs are laid inside string nets in pine trees and problems usually start in late January to late March, when they hatch and fall to the ground in search of food.

Caterpillars have tiny, barbed hairs that contain a protein called thaumetopoein.

If they feel attacked, they will shoot their tiny hairs like harpoons.

This can cause allergic reactions, foaming at the mouth, and vomiting if young children come into contact with them.

The greatest risk is to dogs who may sniff or step on one, causing irritation to the paw which is then licked off and the toxins transferred to the mouth.

They may experience breathing difficulties, vomit or start to foam at the mouth and should be urgently taken to the nearest veterinary clinic for an immediate injection of cortisone and antibiotic.

Prompt intervention and sometimes amputation of the tongue or nose is the only course of action.

Toxins can cause suffocation and often lead to death.

As an immediate response, dog owners should remove infected hair as soon as possible and gently wash the infected area before going to the vet.

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