Symptoms of Cane Toad Poisoning in Dogs 

Your pup playing with a toad may seem like a harmless situation, but this playtime can turn deadly. It’s normal for dogs to get excited when they see another animal and many times, they will try to play with it. If one of these animals your pup comes across is a Cane toad, then you’re in serious trouble. Continue reading below to learn about the Cane Toad and the risk they pose to our beloved furry friends.  

Cane Toads 

Cane toads are native to Central and South America, but have been spotted in the warmer regions of the US, such as Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, etc. They typically like to hang around ponds, gardens, lawns, and woods. These toads can be gray, brown, or red and have boney ridges above their nostrils and eyes. In adulthood they can reach between 6 to 9 inches in length. Cane toads are considered an invasive species. If the cane toad feels threatened, they will secrete toxins through their glands. If your pet licks, bites, or mouths the toad this will result in poisoning.  

Possible Symptoms of Poisoning 

If your dog interacts with a cane toad and ingests their toxins, they are at great risk of poisoning. The amount of toxins your pup has been exposed to will determine the severity of poisoning. Potential signs of toad toxicity include:  

  • Excessive drooling 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Elevated body temperature 
  • Seizures 
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing 
  • Tremors 


Time is of the essence when it comes to cane toad poisoning. A dog can experience life-threatening symptoms within just 15 minutes after ingestion. If you suspect that your dog has interacted with a cane toad, call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 immediately for life-saving advice. Rinse your dog’s mouth for 15 minutes with cold water to flush out the remaining toxins. After, take them to the veterinary clinic for prompt treatment.  

Treatment may include anti-seizure medications and IV fluids to aid in excretion. Further treatment will depend on your pup’s symptoms. You’d rather be extra safe than sorry when it comes to cane toads. Keep your dog on a leash in new environments and monitor them when they’re outside. If you have further questions about cane toads give Pet Poison Helpline a call today.