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Are millipedes poisonous to dogs? #488951

Asked October 07, 2018, 8:40 AM EDT

I found your article about millipedes very useful as our home has been invaded by these one inch brown millipedes this summer. We don’t really want to use an insecticide as we have dogs. We have a ten week old puppy who eats everything. Are these millipedes poisonous for young small puppies?

Sarasota County Florida

Expert Response

These arthropods do produce chemicals that may not agree with dogs, but I do not think it will kill a dog in normal circumstances. 

An intersting article you may want to read is this one (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150623-millipedes-use-chemical-weapons)
 
Roberto Pereira Replied October 08, 2018, 7:42 AM EDT

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