Can Dogs Eat Bugs? ALL you need to know (2023)

can dogs eat bugs?

This Article Was Written By Israel Olaniran Reviewed By Dr Jenna Fred.

Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by israel olaniran

Hi guys, a lot of you have been wondering and asking can dogs eat bugs?, well in this blog post I’d be telling you ever you need to know about dogs and bugs in terms of feeding lol.

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What Are Dogs?

The dog or domestic dog is a domesticated descendant of the wolf. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog’s nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, by hunter–gatherers over 15,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture.


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What are bugs?

Insects are pancrustacean hexapod invertebrates of the class Insecta. They are the largest group within the arthropod phylum. Insects have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body, three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae.


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Can Dogs Eat Bugs?

Yes, dogs can eat bugs, they are proteinous and crunchy for your dogs, however, some bugs can be dangerous for your dogs.


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You might open your backyard one day and find your beloved dog eating a bug, you begin to wonder if its safe for your dog to do so, well I just want to let you know that no matter how well you carry/treat your dog you can’t stop it from being an animal so definitely it would munch on bugs if it sees them you should, however, be careful of the kind of bugs they eat as some can be dangerous to them.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Bugs?

Dogs eat bugs because of different reasons, here are some of the major reasons you might catch your dog eating bugs:

  • They are higher than them on the food chain- animals are animals and would forever obey the order a dog would always eat a bug because it can and it loves bugs.
  • They are crunchy and keep the mouth busy- the way we eat biscuits or snacks just for fun at times is the same way you would catch your dog eating a bug cost it loves its taste.
  • The thrill- Dogs are naturally hunters and they love a good hunt so when they catch their prey its right to have its reward yeah

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Which Bug Can My Dog Not Eat?

There are many bugs that might hurt your dog when eaten and you should be careful and watch out for them to save your dog from trouble. Here are some of the bugs your dog shouldn’t eat

  • Cockroach- Do not let your dogs eat roaches, they can cause worms in the belle of your dogs.
  • slugs- Do not let your dogs eat slugs they are a source of worms too
  • Earthworms- They bring lungworms and tapeworms
  • Spiders,
  • bees
  • cicadas e.t.c

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Which Bug Can My Dog Eat?

There are some bugs that are safe for your dogs to munch on, some of the bugs that are eatable for your dogs are:

  • flies
  • termites
  • beetles

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Conclusion On Can Dogs Eat Bugs?

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From this post, I hope you now understand that the answer to your question can dogs eat bugs? is yes, dogs can eat bugs, they are proteinous and crunchy for your dogs, however, some bugs can be dangerous for your dogs e.g cockroaches, slugs, spiders, earthworms, stink worms e.t.c ……

This post was written by Israel for animals district


  • israel olaniran

    Israel Olaniran is an accomplished animal content writer with five years of expertise in creating engaging and educational material about cats, dogs, and other animals. When he's not writing, he dedicates his time to caring for his beloved four-year-old rescue puppy. Israel's work has been featured in renowned publications like "Pethouse," and he actively collaborates with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to raise awareness about their important work. His vast knowledge in animal care and ownership, as well as his up-to-date understanding of various breeds, making him a trusted source for global readers seeking reliable pet content.

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