Just a warning that not all the dangerous critters in our area have sharp parts! Our 50 pound dog (ten years old but thinks she's a puppy and chases everything that moves) killed a poisonous toad today in our back yard. We immediately took her to Melaque and the vet who was able to help. Luckily she is now doing better. He said it would have killed a smaller dog. Devastating to see an animal go through that. In researching on the internet, it seems these toads come out after rains, and since rain is in the forecast.... keep your pets safe!
Re: Kiss no toads!
Posted by Valerie on November 11, 2016, 8:49 pm, in reply to "Kiss no toads!" Edited by board administrator November 11, 2016, 11:39 pm
Cane toads. Hate them. My little Jack Russel would find them morning noon and night. We lived in Boca then. She has been traumatized twice. Seizures, unconscious etc. How she lived through two episodes we have NO idea but she did. I have cried rivers. We have only found one in the town on Maria Asuncion when they excavated the property two doors down from us. Ugly horrible things. Dogs do die from biting them. So far, we have been lucky. You too.
We had a scary toad experience this past summer with our then new dog, Nube, who weighs some 24 kilos, 1.5 yrs. After each rain we had cane toads coming in our house-2-3 at times (under doors with still unfinished floors-in the canyon/mountain area of La Tigra). One morning she arrived frantic at my side of the bed, breathing heavily and foaming profusely from the mouth. She was SO scared and confused. My first thought was snake or some kind of poison. It was early Sunday morning and we tried calling two vets and only got their voice mails. Then we thought of the toads and started researching and sure enough. She'd kissed a toad! Apparently that's all it takes for a reaction like hers. We flushed her mouth out over and over with water, as suggested, and gave her lots of TLC for the rest of the morning. She was all better fast and has avoided contact ever since. AND those "cute little toads" are no longer welcomed in the house. Judy H.
I, too, welcome this information and am surprised that it has not been common knowledge. My dog certainly encountered toads when we lived at Boca; mercifully, it was never a close encounter. These stories are a most welcome wake-up call. I am wondering if this is what felled my landlady's beautiful dog just a couple of months ago. She thought it was a poisoning, but had no evidence beyond the symptoms. I am happy for those of you who have had your precious four-leggers survive these incidents. :O)
Re: Kiss no toads!
Posted by Justin R. Sol on November 12, 2016, 2:44 pm, in reply to "Kiss no toads!"
Some dogs simply lick toads to get high. Our Australian cattle dog does every chance he gets.