It’s monsoon season and it just rained. They let Sassy outside and when she didn’t come when called they found her staggering around in the backyard. Was it
-Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
While the first three are possibilities, during monsoon season, a toad could be the right answer.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SONORAN DESERT TOADS? aka Colorado River Toads
Last seen: at night, just before or during monsoon season. These large amphibians are out and about this time of year looking to mate and your dog may come in contact with them.
Danger: these toads secrete a powerful neurotoxin from a skin gland behind the eye. This causes seizure-like symptoms if a curious or aggressive dog licks, bites or plays with the toad or drinks from a water bowl where toad was sitting. The neurotoxin is rapidly absorbed through the lining of the dog’s mouth and can quickly cause this adverse effect on your pet.
Symptoms: may include staggering, incoordination, drooling, panting, anxiety and disorientation.
Treatment: If your pet shows any of these symptom after being outside consider that a toad could be the culprit. Immediately take a garden hose and gently rinse the mouth out, squirting the water sideways so as not to drown your pet. Afterwards, call your veterinarian for additional instructions because while these symptoms may start to subside shortly, in some pets the symptoms will progress to seizures and possible death.
Contact the Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic team at (480) 458-5331 anytime during regular business hours with any questions you may have or for more information.