Sunday, December 7

Poison frog , dog owners watch out

Bufo Frog Poison to Canines ;  Dog licks frog ;    bufo toad toxin

  



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Several cases of toad poisoning are treated every week during periods of increased Bufo toad activity, particularly in spring and summer and after periods of heavy rain, according to Tampa veterinarian John Gicking.
Curious dogs and cats tend to lick or pick up Bufo toads with their mouths. When this happens, the toad secretes a poison from glands on the back of its head, which causes the pets to have seizures and other symptoms.
“The biggest thing is recognizing the symptoms and getting veterinary care immediately” Gicking said.
Symptoms of intoxication include “seizures, drooling, really red gums, pawing at their mouths, stumbling, heart arrythmia, excitable behavior, pacing and trembling,” Gicking said.
Scientifically named Bufo marinus, they are known as giant toads, marine toads or cane toads, and they generally distinguish themselves by their large size. In Florida, the females are larger than the males and can grow to 10 to 15 centimeters across.
The toads, which have grayish brown, warty skin, are not native to Florida, but were introduced to eat cane beetles. They became established in Florida in an accidental release of about 100 specimens in Miami in 1955 and further release by pet dealers in the 1960s, according to the University of Florida Wildlife Extension.