WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET BITES, EATS OR CONTACTS A BUFO CANE TOAD:
1. Rub the animal’s gums and mouth to try to remove the toxin.
2. Rush the pet to a veterinarian as it may only have minutes to live.
RECENT INCIDENT: TAMPA, FLORIDA — An invasive amphibian is causing concerns after a Tampa woman reported a Bufo Cane Toad’s toxin killed her dog within minutes.
Earlier this month, Brynn Kelly of Tampa lost her dog within minutes after she found the dog with a toad in its mouth. Kelly told ABC Action News that her dog collapsed and passed away within minutes.
HOW TO REDUCE ODDS OF A PET INTERACTING WITH A CANE TOAD:
1. Keep your pet’s food and water indoors.
2. Watch your pet when they are outside or on a walk and bring a flashlight in early morning and night hours so you can see the toad and keep your pet away from the toad before they have a chance to make physical contact.
3. Remove bushy plants where the toads could hide from your yard.
WHEN BUFO CANE TOADS ARE MOST ACTIVE: According to the University of Florida and other wildlife experts, Bufo toads are more active at night and after periods of heavy rains. They secrete poison from glands on the back of their heads that are extremely toxic for dogs and cats.
WIDER STATEWIDE PRESENCE: According to the Orlando Sentinel, Bufo Cane toads have been spotted more frequently throughout Central Florida in recent years, including a neighborhood in Maitland. In some South Florida neighborhoods, they’ve been spotted by the thousands. Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) describes the toad’s habitat Central and South Florida, including Key West and Stock Island, and in an isolated population in Bay County in the panhandle. Found predominantly in urbanized habitats and agricultural lands, but also in some natural areas, including floodplain and mangrove swamps. Breeds in the vegetated edges of any available freshwater habitat, including ponds (natural and manmade), lakes, canals, and ditches.
According to the University of Florida,
Orlando Sentinel: Bufo toad kills another Florida dog as poisonous invader leaps north https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-ne-bufo-toad-kills-tampa-dog-20190403-story.html
ABC Action News Tampa Bay: Tampa woman says her dog died after ingesting Bufo toad’s toxin https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/tampa-woman-says-her-dog-died-after-ingesting-bufo-toads-toxin