- The large toads you see during monsoon season are Sonoran Desert toads.
- They excrete a substance through a gland behind the eye that acts as a neurotoxin.
- Dogs that put these toads in their mouths can exhibit neurological symptoms including difficulty walking, seizures and paralysis.
- Teach your dog to avoid toads.
- If he grabs one, flush his mouth with a garden hose. Aim the spray sideways to wash the toxin out, not down the throat.
- Most dogs do recover but the toxin can be life threatening.
- If the condition worsens, see a vet.
- A toad in a water bowl can also make the dog ill, so keep bowls clean.
If you leave your pet outside, which is not recommended, make sure the animal has a shaded area as well as plenty of water in a dish that will not tip over easily leaving him with nothing to drink on a hot day.
And remember the best cure for the Summertime Blues is . . . October!