A record number of toxic toads are endangering Florida's pet animals.
Bufo Toads are becoming more common, therefore pet owners need to be on the lookout for them.
Although bufo toads are not native to Florida, they are rapidly settling there and represent a serious hazard to pets.
When a dog consumes the toxin released by the toads, it may experience seizures and perhaps die.
According to Jeannine Tilford, owner of the toad eradication business Toad Busters, It only takes one toad to kill your dog, therefore it's vital that you know everyone recognizes that these guys reside here, we can just help lower the numbers.
Tilford reports that there are more toads than ever and, regrettably, more canine fatalities.
It's actually wild this year. There seem to be a lot more toads than normal, Tilford declared. I believe that the toad population is increasing in part because of all the new constructions being built in the west, says the speaker.
Bufo toads can grow to the size of a plate and have a grayish brown color. However, they are poisonous during their whole life cycle.
The best course of action is to thoroughly rinse your dog's mouth after exposure to a toad. Tilford suggested using activated charcoal as well because it will bind with the poison. Red gums, intense panting, and dilated eyes are a few of the warning symptoms.
You can take the following steps to keep your dog safe:
Avoid walking your dog close to huge ponds since bufo toads breed there.
Maintain a lease for your dog so you can keep an eye on them.
Engage a toad removal service to come to your location and remove the toads. Tilford stated that additional fencing that is buried in the ground can be installed to prevent access to your yard.
Swap out the mulch for pebbles
Maintain landscaping at a height of 12 inches to prevent toads from having a home.
According to data from 24Pet ShelterWatch, July routinely sees the most animal shelter intakes countrywide. As a result of overcrowding, poor adoptions, seasonal high intake of pups and kittens, absence of spay/neuter services during the COVID-19 outbreak, and inadequate personnel, shelters are already in a crisis.
There are too many adoptable pets in the shelter system, and their duration of stay has increased, stressing the staff and the creatures themselves, Cathy wrote in a blog post on April 15. It doesn't matter if they are big, medium, little dogs, puppy or adult, she continued. Due in part to the industry's hiatus on spay/neuter services during COVID, many shelters are seeing a considerable increase in puppies. There are currently not enough veterinarians to catch up. A situation has arisen. Our high intake facilities are receiving hundreds of puppies each month.
The Bissell Pet Foundation urges pet owners to: during the long weekend to keep pets safe.
Pets should be kept inside, in a peaceful area where they feel safe.
Give pets their favorite toy, and make sure they're relaxed by checking on them frequently.
Make that your pet has a microchip with current data.
Make sure your pet's collar and ID tags are fastened securely and never remove them.
Spending more time exercising your animals will help to keep them calm.
The Bissell Pet Foundation initially launched Empty the Shelters at a small number of Michigan shelters. Since then, the occasion has expanded to become the biggest funded adoption event in the nation. More than $7.6 million in direct cash has been given by the events to shelter partners to support pet adoptions to date.
The charity has assisted in placing 96,068 animals through these activities since 2016.