Pet Emergency: What to Do
- Stay Calm
- Call (727) 786-5755
- Be prepared with info:
- Details of problem
- Any changes
- Be aware. Pets may bite if ill or injured.
Hours of Operation
Weekend: Saturday Noon -
7:00AM Monday morning
Holidays: Open 24 hours
Location30610 US Highway 19 N,
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
One block north of Curlew Road on the west side Please call ahead for advice and so we can prepare your arrival.
- to Vet from Clearwater downtown and south
- to Vet from Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey and north
- to Vet from Oldsmar and east Directions from Trinity
- to Vet from Tampa
Bufo Toads are commonly found in central Florida including Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties. Bufos can kill your dog. These toads are often large and can grow to the size of a dinner plate. They have glands on the side of their heads that secrete a toxic substance. If your dog touches the toad with his mouth, he can die from the toxins in a matter or hours or sometimes even minutes.
A common victim is the terrier breed, such as Yorkshire or Jack Russell Terriers. Signs that your dog has been poisoned by a Bufo include:
Clenching of the teeth
- Prominent salivation
- Neurological signs like eyes jetting back and forth, rigid limbs, and seizures.
- The hallmark sign -- "brick red gums."
- If you suspect that your pet has come into contact with a Bufo toad, immediately wash out your pet's mouth. Be careful to direct the water from the side of your dog's mouth and towards the nose, so that the poison flows out of the mouth.
Then immediately take your pet to your veterinarian, since Bufo toad toxicity is potentially fatal.
On evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, call Animal Emergency at 727-786-5755.
The information provided on this site is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace professional care from your veterinarian.