Cane Toads are native to South and Central America, but they have been seen in the lower southern United States. They can be gray, brown, or reddish-brown in color, and have boney ridges above the nostrils and eyes. Like other toads, Cane Toads secrete poison through their skin. Pets can get sick when they lick, bite, or pick up Cane Toads. Dogs are naturally curious animals, so they are bound to play with toads if they get the chance. As a pet owner, you must be aware of the danger toads pose. Cane Toads are found in ponds, gardens, lawns, and woods. Read on to learn about the symptoms and treatment for Cane Toad poisoning.
Symptoms Of Cane Toad Poisoning
Toad poison is secreted through their skin. Pets can encounter the poison through their mouth. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash when exploring new environments. Examples of possible symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive drooling
- Elevated body temperature
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Treatment for Cane Toad Poisoning
Time is of the essence with an episode of cane toad poisoning. An average-sized dog may be killed within 15 minutes of ingestion of a cane toad’s poison. When you first suspect poisoning, call Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for first aid advice. Rinse your pet’s mouth with cold water to flush out the toxins. Rinse their mouth for 15 minutes and then immediately take them to a veterinarian. At the clinic, the veterinarian may provide anti-seizure medications and IV fluids to combat the toxins in their system. Additional medications may be provided if your pet exhibits more symptoms. Your pet should be able to recover if they receive prompt medical attention. Your veterinarian will know more once your pet receives treatment.