Texas is an absolutely beautiful place to live. However, like any other state, it does have its downsides. One of these is that we do have a rather high number of dangerous critters sharing this gorgeous scenery with us. Some of these, such as toads, can be deadly to our four-legged friends. Fido is quite curious, and may naturally try to eat, lick, or catch toads. That can get your pooch into serious danger! In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, a Cy-Fair, TX vet discusses toad poisoning in dogs.
Not all toads are poisonous: in fact, the vast majority of them are harmless. The two most common ones to be on the lookout for in this area are the Cane Toad and The Colorado River/Sonoran Desert Toad. You can tell poisonous toads because they have special glands around their eyes and earholes. These secrete poison when the toad is in contact with a predator.
The effects of toad poisoning appear very quickly. Drooling is one of the most common symptoms. Your pet may also paw at their mouth, and may whine, whimper, or cry. Other warning signs include reddened mucous membranes, disorientation, stumbling, falling, and elevated heart rate. More serious ones include seizures and collapse.
Toad poisoning can be treated, but it’s absolutely crucial that you get your furry friend to the vet immediately. Treatment options are most successful when the pet receives medical care within 15 to 30 minutes. If you know or suspect that Fido has come into contact with a poisonous toad, the first thing to do is flush out his mouth with water. Call your vet as you are doing this. You’ll need to head to your vet or the nearest clinic right away.
As always, it’s better to prevent illnesses and injuries than it is to treat them. For cats, the simplest solution is to keep Fluffy inside. As for Fido, teaching him the command to Leave It may help keep him from kissing—or licking—toads. Keeping your grass clipped and filling in holes around your property can also help keep toads away. Also, keep outdoor water dishes raised up, so toads can’t hop into them. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal clinic, today!