Toad poses health threat to AZ dogs

Toad poses health threat to AZ dogs

PHOENIX (AP) – With the return of monsoon season comes a potentially deadly danger for dogs.

KPNX-TV reports that the Sonoran Desert toad lives beneath the sand for most of the year, but they are now emerging from the ground — along with their toxic self-defense mechanism.

Arizona Game and Fish Ranger Amy Burnette says more dogs die from encounters with the Sonoran Desert toads than from wrangling with rattlesnakes.

A white secretion that seeps from pores along the toad’s head and legs contains a powerful neurotoxin that can cause a dog to foam at the mouth, suffer seizures, high fever, dilated pupils and a rapid heartbeat.

To increase a poisoned dog’s chance of survival, Burnette advises using a garden hose to flush the animal’s mouth before an emergency vet visit.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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