The wet season means increased activity of all amphibians. Toads are exotic pests that thrive in disturbed environments, including river floodplains, tree fall gaps, urban environments and other environments disturbed by humans. Bufo toads found in Florida range from 4 to 6 inches in length and often weigh more than two pounds. As a defense mechanism, when threatened, or even at the onset of your pet's playful lick or curious sniff, the toad secretes a milky-white fluid that contains bufotoxin from glands at the back of its head, behind its eyes.
The effects of bufotoxin are dose-depending on how much is secreted and the overall health and weight of your pet. It could result in serious illness or death of your dog or cat if ingested. Toads thrive because people feed their pets outside. Don't feed your pets outside and don't leave their food and water bowls outside, especially overnight.
Like all amphibians, cane toads are most active at night because temperatures are low and humidity is high. Because most pet-cane toad interactions are most likely to occur at night, it is important for you to know where your nearest 24-hour animal clinic is located. If you suspect your dog or cat has come into contact with a toad, immediately wash its face, mouth and body with fresh water and take the animal to the nearest vet or emergency vet.
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