My Dog Bit a Toad – What Happens Now?
If your dog bit a toad, you need to be aware of some things. Even if your dog licked the toad, follow the next steps. First, try and find the toad your dog was exposed to and bring it to the veterinarian or try to describe its coloration and other characteristics. Next, monitor your dog for clinical signs and get to a veterinarian or call Pet Poison Helpline® immediately.
All toads are poisonous. The most common poisonous toads are the American, Asiatic, Cane, Colorado River, Common, European, Green, and Fowler’s. Toads excrete poisons through their skin when they feel threatened.
Toads are found in aquatic habitats, streams, channels, pools, etc.
You can keep your pets safe by supervising your pets when they are outside, especially, by water sources. Keep your lawn short and prevent puddles to reduce toads in your yard.
Toad Poisoning Clinical Signs
Pets are exposed to toxins from toads when they lick or eat toads or when open wounds are exposed. Pets that drink water in which a toad was present, can harm your pet. Clinical signs occur quickly after exposure.
Common Clinical Signs of Toad Poisoning:
- Red and painful gums
- Pawing at the mouth
- Abnormal eye movements
If you suspect your pet encountered a toad, contact your veterinarian for potential treatment. There is not a specific test to confirm toad poisoning. Veterinarians will perform diagnostic tests that may include blood work X-rays to determine the severity of poisoning. Most treatments will involve flushing the mouth with substantial amounts of water as well as rinsing the mouth, face, and eyes thoroughly. IV fluids and anti-nausea medications may be used. If a pet consumed a toad, surgery may be necessary.
Most poisonous cases are confirmed if exposure witnessed or if clinical signs are being observed.
If your dog bit or ingested a toad, your dog may be at risk of salmonella. Rinse your dog’s mouth with water to prevent salmonella. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect salmonella poisoning.
The type of toad, clinical signs, and how rapidly care is provided can determine the outcome. If you suspect your pet encountered a toad, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Hotline immediately.
Typically, dogs do recover but the prognosis can depend on the severity and your dog’s previous health conditions.
No long-term effects are expected if your pet receives proper care after exposure.