Are stink bugs poisonous to dogs

Are stink bugs poisonous to dogs

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Are stink bugs poisonous to dogs, cats or birds?



No, as they don’t have a gag reflex.


There’s nothing to say they won’t be affected by the smell. I’d say it’s up to the cat.


Many birds are bothered by smell. It is not likely that they will be affected.



Most birds are not bothered by the odour. As with many aspects of biology, the bird is the sentinel and reacts to the smell and not the other way around. I believe it is important to note that this may vary by species, bird type and individual bird. The only birds I have ever seen bothered by this were starlings, which often live on waste grounds and are very aggressive with each other.

Other Species

For other species it will depend on the species and individual animal. The article here lists a number of other species that may be affected.


As stated in the comments, a cat’s gag reflex is not strong enough to be affected. The amount of smell a cat can handle is a bit of a personal choice, as it has a good sense of smell for its size. If I can handle the smell I don’t let my cat near it.


Dogs, like cats, have a sense of smell but also a powerful gag reflex. A dog can tolerate a pretty high amount of smell, although its gag reflex is strong enough to be affected. It’s up to the individual dog, but dogs that tolerate the smell well tend to be able to cope with most smells without having to do much cleaning. The most famous example is probably The Great Pyrenees, for those that have a dog and know that breed. A good example of an individual dog reacting to its environment is the Border Collie.


These two sources also show an interesting discussion on the topic of odours and animals. I recommend you check them out.


Birds, cats and dogs have gag reflexes, they simply are designed to be able to handle certain levels of smell.

Humans and other primates (or at least, we think we are designed to be able to handle that level of smell) are designed to handle many more smells than birds or cats can, and it is that difference which makes us so easily and permanently affected by odours.

I should add that dogs that are used to living in an environment which is constantly filled with a wide variety of smells are probably happier if they live in an environment that has some consistency (i.e. less smells) - if they can handle a wider range of smells, the smell they like is likely to be the smell they are closest to being used to.


The ability to taste or detect smell is determined by your sense of smell. And by the way, some dogs also have a strong gag reflex (e.g. a poodle). But some dogs are completely unaffected by smell. So I don't think there is anything special about the dogs in your question. You have a common dog-owner error. You assume that your dog reacts or doesn't react to smells based on you. But that is totally not true! Your dog reacts to a wide range of smells which will be totally outside your olfactory ability. For example, your dog may not be able to tell you that a particular flower is poisonous.

There are people who can detect extremely low levels of smells (in very specific cases). People like police dogs who work with their nose can detect levels of smells on people or drugs which a human cannot detect at all. Police dogs also have a very high gag reflex.

If your dog is having problems with a particular odor, then the best advice I have is to train her to be good at detecting the smell. If your dog gets excited by smells which are "wrong", that is just information for you. Maybe your dog will smell something which is poisonous and you will never see it again. Or maybe your dog can smell you cooking food in the kitchen but will not smell the fact that you have a dead mouse in the refrigerator.

For the other question:

My 10 week old lab is a sweet girl - she's always happy and

friendly. She's a house dog. My two older dogs are both great

housemates and they get along great with each other. But

whenever I get home from work and walk in the house she starts

running around and tries to jump on me.

Maybe she is really happy to see you and wants to greet you. But if she is afraid of the other dogs, then don't give her a chance to get near them. You should get her out of the house right away. Walk her to the sidewalk and tell her to stay there until you are done. If she is having a good time and is excited to see you, then wait until you are finished and she can get to the other dogs before you go home.


First, I think the fact that she is a girl dog indicates a lot. From my experience, the males are more territorial. The females, while loving, are much more social, in-tune with the environment.

The first thing I would suggest is changing your environment. Put her in a separate room in the house and let her roam. That way, you can control how much access she has to your other dogs and your house. Also, if there are little changes in the environment like you getting a new pet or dog food, that will change her behavior as well. She will be forced to adapt.

From there, I would start off with a crate so she can get some time to herself, but if that doesn't work, a seperate room of her own in the house may be in order.

If all else fails, be sure to make some noise whenever you come home. A "Hey, there! How was your day?" should be enough to let her know she should be out of the crate.

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