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My dog just chased a salamander under the bed. If she

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My dog just chased a salamander under the bed. If she catches it, can it poison her?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did you see what your dog ate?
Customer: She did not catch it. I cannot catch it. I isolated her in a room. She has to come out sometime.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: No. She is 3 years old and chases anything that moves.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, salamanders can be toxic to dogs. Most salamanders have glands that secrete a poisonous or foul-tasting fluid on the back of the neck or tail. Brightly colored ones have poisonous skins. There's quite a range of toxicity, however, depending upon the species of salamander and even between individuals within that species. Here's a good overview for you:

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