Don’t get me wrong I love our dog, Just as I have loved all of the previous canine companion animals that have been part of our family for, well forever. But I can’t help but think that this story is far from serious, in fact I reckon its just a bit of seasonal nonsense.
Way back in the dim dark past we had a little black dog called Sascha he was a lovely loyal and devoted toy poodle who we rescued from the pound. My wife was devoted to the little bloke and he loved her with the sort of devotion that we admire in a dog. He had only one flaw to his otherwise spotless character and that was his predilection to bothering cane toads. Believe me its not a pretty sight when a dog has caught a cane toad. They salivate madly and their cries are blood curdling to put it mildly, if they have had enough of the toxin they then go into convulsions with their heart in maximum overdrive eventually they expire in a most unpleasant manner.
Its not irredeemable though if your dog has bothered a toad and you find them salivating like mad the best first aid is to get your hose and thoroughly wash out the dogs mouth with the hose paying particular attention to the mucus membranes inside the cheeks, the toxin is absorbed through the mouth rather than being ingested through the GI tract so the more that you can remove with the hose the lower the dose will be. They will of course hate this and may well resist but do persist if you want your little mate to survive. If symptoms persist then rush your dog to the vet who will probably give sedatives to your pooch to stop his heart exploding…
To you they will give a big invoice a few of those and you may be tempted to let your little mate take his chances with fate, of course you will dig deep an pay the bills.
We tried training the behaviour out of Sacha to no avail, maybe with a younger dog would have been more amenable to aversion therapy but Sacha wasn’t. In the end we found a new home for him so we will never know if he ever learned his lesson …
Yep its fine to make jokes about cane toad -poisoning but when you have seen the results its nothing to joke about
Woof woof Comrades
- Keeping toads off the island (abc.net.au)
- Complexity of Systems (lee6ep.wordpress.com)
- The Interacting Effects of Ungulate Hoofprints and Predatory Native Ants on Metamorph Cane Toads in Tropical Australia (plosone.org)
- Thank you for dealing with all of our crap – the humble dung beetle [& not so humble cane toad] (pipmarks.com)
- Polish Designer Turns Cane Toads into Fashion Accessories (odditycentral.com)
- Everyone Agreed: Cane Toads Would Be a Winner for Australia (Op-Ed) (livescience.com)