The sight of an enormous toad sitting in a courtyard during a humid summer evening is quite common in south Florida. For those of you who had no idea what a “bufo” was until you moved here, you are not alone. Even if you have lived in south Florida all your life, you still may not have heard of a Bufo or Cane toad.
My wife and I quickly learned that the Cane toads (Rhinella Marina, formerly known as bufo marinus ) were, in fact, deadly to dogs and cats. The toxin on the skin takes only minutes to put your companion in serious jeopardy and can be fatal. Companion animal death rates are very high in South Florida. Our adopted bulldog Lola had a sister who died at age six after an encounter with a Cane toad.
Cane toads, also known as Bufo toads, are highly toxic to pets like dogs and cats. These toads are found in several parts of the world, including North America, South America, and Australia. When pets come into contact with these toads, they can suffer from serious health problems, including death. In this blog, we will discuss the dangers of Cane toad toxicity to your dog or cat and what you can do to keep your furry friend safe.
Symptoms of Cane Toad Toxicity in Pets
The symptoms of Cane toad toxicity in pets can vary depending on the severity of the poisoning. In some cases, the symptoms may appear within minutes of contact, while in others, it may take a few hours. Some of the common symptoms of Cane toad toxicity in pets include:
Prevention of Cane Toad Toxicity in Pets
Prevention is always better than cure, and when it comes to Cane toad toxicity, the best way to keep your pets safe is by preventing contact with the toads. Here are some tips to help you prevent Cane toad toxicity in your pets:
Cane toad toxicity is a serious health problem that can affect your pets. By being aware of the dangers and taking the necessary precautions, you can help prevent your pets from coming into contact with these toxic toads. If you suspect your pet has come into contact with a Cane toad, seek veterinary help immediately. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.
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