Friday, October 29, 2010
Cairns dog poisoning: Cane Toad Toxicity
Cairns Vet Clinic takes many calls from worried pet owners who's dogs have been poisoned by Cane Toads.
Can toads have venom glands on their back. Dogs are often poisoned when they bite or pick up toads, or even drink from a water bowl which cane toads have been sitting in.
Cairns Dogs are at heightened risk of poisoning because there are so many toads in this city. This year we are likely to see record numbers as the very wet "dry season" has meant year round breeding conditions.
Cane toad poisoning can cause salivation, vomiting, shaking, hyperactivity, seizures and death.
Treatment for can toad poisoning relies on first aid: wash the dogs mouth out with gently flowing water to remove as much poison as possible.
If your dog is having seizures or you suspect your dog has eaten the toad you should take them to the vet. Because toads come out at night this is often an after-hours vet emergency. Cairns Vet Clinic offers 24 hour service and cane toads are a common reason for calls. We are happy to give advice on the phone for this sort of emergency but if the symptoms are severe your dog may need to be hospitalised on intravenous fluids.
Cane toad poisoning is most common in small terrier breeds. Because these breeds were bred to chase rats and other small prey the find the toads irresistible. Some dogs even become seemingly addicted to the "high" from the toads. If your dog repeatedly gets poisoned by cane toads, you should consider keeping them inside, especially at night and when it is raining.
Read more information on Cane Toad Poisoning and other Tropical pet Problems.