Dogs and cats are both hunters in the wild, and they all have some degree of predatory instincts. This can manifest in many ways, such as in the adorable ways Fluffy and Fido play. However, it can also backfire, as they can sometimes go after animals that are dangerous to them. Poisonous toads are a big example of that. A local Lewisville, TX vet offers some information on this below.
There are a few specific kinds of toads that are a danger here in Texas. These are the Cane Toad and the Colorado River Toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad. Of course, there are also many non-poisonous toads in these parts. How do you tell the difference? Poisonous toads have special glands around their eyes and ears, which secrete poison if a predator grabs the toad. However, this is not an issue you want to guess about. Never handle a wild toad!
If your pet bites—or worse, eats—a poisonous toad, it won’t take very long for them to start showing signs of pain and distress. Drooling may be the first thing you notice. Other red flags include trembling, stumbling, disorientation, tripping and falling, elevated pulse, and red mucous membranes. Your pet may also whine or whimper, and may act agitated or just out of character. If you see any of these warning signs, do not wait to see if they resolve. You have to act fast. Flush your pet’s mouth out with water, and then immediately call your vet. You’ll need to head to the clinic or 24/7 pet emergency clinic right away. Pets can survive toad poisoning, but it’s critical for them to get treated immediately. Results are most successful if treatment is given within 15-30 minutes.
As always, when it comes to keeping our furry friends safe, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. Toads sometimes like to sit in pets’ water bowls, so keep outside dishes elevated and situated in a way that makes it hard for a toad to hop into. We also recommend keeping your grass mowed. Fido will also benefit from learning the Leave It and Drop It commands. As for Fluffy? It’s best to keep her indoors, just to play it safe.
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