We know that in many cases it is simply best to stay away from toads. It is difficult to tell apart the poisonous toads from the nontoxic toads. A toad to note is the Colorado River Toad which is extremely poisonous to both dogs and humans. In fact, they are one of the most poisonous toads found in the southwestern United States. They have a lifespan of 4-12 years and are found in ponds, lakes, and rivers. These toads can be identified by their mottled brown and olive gray body. Unlike other toads, their skin is smooth and does not have warts. 

Now we know about the adult toads, let’s learn more about the babies below.

Are Baby Colorado Toads Poisonous?

Even as a baby, Colorado River Toads can be extremely poisonous. The Colorado River Toad’s extreme toxicity stems from the chemicals Bufotenin and 5MeO-DMT. These toxins are known to cause psychedelic reactions and can kill a grown dog in hours after contact. Animals and humans can be poisoned if they interact with the toxins that are excreted from the toad’s skin. It is of the upmost importance that you monitor your pet while you are around waterways for these dangerous toads. 

Symptoms of Colorado River Toad Poisoning 

It is serious if your pet encountered a Colorado River Toad. Depending on the amount of interaction, the incident can be fatal within hours. Below are common poisoning signs:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting 
  • Pawing at eyes or mouth
  • Difficulty walking or stumbling 
  • Whining 
  • Any other abnormal behavior 

Treatment of Colorado River Toad Poisoning

Immediate vet treatment is your best option to help your furry friend. There is no specific antidote to fully cure Colorado River Toad poisoning. Your vet will administer medications that will combat the symptoms your pet is experiencing. IV fluids may be administered to address dehydration. Due to the toad’s extreme toxicity, your pet may not recover from the experience. Your vet will have more information depending on how your pet reacts to the treatments. Your vet will do everything possible to alleviate the pain your pet may be experiencing. If you have any questions or concerns, call your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661.