A few months ago, my puppy bit a baby frog (toad actually). Jack, my puppy, started spitting and choking. It did not look good at all. So, I immediately took him over to the hose and rinsed his mouth out with water. Then, I called the vet and drove straight over. Fortunately, Jack checked out fine. However for future reference, the emergency vet gave me an informational handout on Bufo Toad Toxicity. Here’s what it said.
Bufo toads (Bufo Marinus) were introduced into Florida years ago to control insects. They reproduce very efficiently and have become endemic in South Florida.
The Bufo or Cane toad produces toxins from the parotid glands located behind the head. The toxins contain high concentrations of hormones such as adrenalin and others such as bufotoxins. The toxins affect two major organ systems: the cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) and the nervous system (brain).
Signs of Toxicity
Due to the slow and awkward movement of the Bufo toad, dogs readily will attack them. When attacked, the toads release the toxins and dogs become affected. Common signs of intoxication include the following: foaming from the mouth, drooling, pawing at the mouth, vomiting, stumbling, falling, tremors, rigid legs, and seizures.
If your dog is exhibiting signs of toxicity, is conscious, and not seizuring then:
- Rinse the mouth with running water: place a garden hose or faucet along the side of the mouth and run the water.
- Rinse the mouth for 3 to 5 minutes at a time for a total of 3 times.
Do not force water down your pet’s mouth or try to make your pet swallow.
Do not give any oil, milk, or other substance besides water.
IF YOUR PET IS SEIZURING, HAVING TREMORS, CANNOT STAND THEN SEEK VETERINARY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!!
Here is an idea I wrote about to Keep Frogs Out of Your Yard!
Please add your own suggestions to help protect our pets. If you leave a comment let us know what part of the country you are from. It helps to know where these dangerous toads are located around the country. Thanks.
255 comments March 20th, 2007