Toad Poisoning


Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer


Sonoran Desert Toad

Toads come out in the summer monsoon season by the bucketful it seems.  This is mating season for them.  The toads have glands designed to protect them from predators.  These glands emit a toxin that is poisonous to dogs. They’re located almost exactly in the region where the dog would most likely use his teeth to pick up and play with the toad; around the head, a bit under the eye and between where we would think his ears would be and on the back legs.  The bumps on the back are secondary back up glands to these main glands. 
  • Keep your dogs away from the toads if possible. 
  • Be watchful for them coming out, especially at night, during this wet season. 
  • Supervise your dog’s outside time.
  • Rinse mouth out thoroughly if he gets a toad, use a hose if possible
  • Call your vet immediately

 You may pick up the toad without much concern to harming yourself.  Hold the toad behind the front legs and away from your body.  He will be stressed and eliminate on you otherwise.   Wash up after handling the toad but there is less concern about the  glands causing problems  for humans.

Your veterinarian can explain the various effects the toxin can have on your dog specifically.

Hold toad away from your body!


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