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Dog bitten cane toad

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Dog bitten cane toad
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Suspected cane toad in mouth. Only symptom excessive drooling from mouth, disappeared after hosing mouth. Are there any other symptoms I should be looking for or worried about
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Cane toads like other toads in the genus Bufo contain parotid glands which secrete several toxins, the action of which are similar to cardiac glycosides and so can cause dangerous cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rates). If Benji only mouthed and didn't ingest the toad, however, hypersalivation, vomiting, head shaking, and face rubbing are the only symptoms to expect and your hosing out his mouth was just the ticket. If he had ingested the toad, you might see tachypnea (increased respiratory rate), ataxia ("drunken sailor"), stupor, muscle rigidity, seizure, pale mucous membranes, or cyanosis (blue-grey mucous membranes) and require prompt attention by his vet.

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