Arizona is a hotbed of toxic critters! One of the most dangerous is the Sonoran or Colorado Toad. During the hot and humid summer monsoon season, toads will emerge in yards, the desert, ending up in pools and other areas your pet may be. Many dogs and cats are fascinated by them, and will try to catch them in their mouths.
Toads will also seek out your pet’s water bowl, so be careful of where you place water outdoors. If your dog or cat comes in contact with a toxic toad, you’ll need to get to the vet, stat!
These symptoms of toad poisoning will be observable almost immediately:
- Severe drooling
- Head shaking
- Pawing at the mouth or eyes
- Muddy red mucous membranes
- Hyperthermia (overheating)
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting of yellow fluid
- Dilated pupils, loss of coordination,
- Vocalization, seizures, collapse, and death
Toad poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you know or suspect your pet has been exposed to a toad, rinse the pet’s mouth out immediately using a constant stream of water from a faucet or hose (if at all possible). Call your veterinarian, the closest emergency animal hospital, and/or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.