It’s safe for dogs to eat ants. As long as you don’t have fire ants, there won’t be any problems.
It’s important for you to know that there are two kinds of ants and they have very different effects on dogs.
The first type are the black ants you see all over the place. These ants can be eaten by your dog and will not cause any adverse side effects, but they do not provide any nutritional value or benefit either. In other words, they’re basically just a snack for your pooch!
The second type of ant is called an “ant-lion” (sometimes referred to as an ant lion larva). This creature lives underground and forms a pit trap out of dirt to catch prey. They use their front legs to dig and push sand away from the bottom of their pit until it becomes deep enough that they can grab onto prey with their mandibles (mouth parts). Once they’ve trapped something in their pit trap, they use their back legs to throw more soil overtop so that it buries its prey alive! Yuck!
These creatures look like little yellow-white worms with large jaws at one end of their body…kind of like a mini version of those little alien creatures from Star Wars that.
Last modified: October 8, 2022