Experts are warning, even dead cane toads can still kill your pets and children.

Rick Shine, Biology Professor and cane toad expert, said as their toxins break down very slowly they only become harmless once they have decomposed.

Professor Shine said it is key to dispose of the toads properly. They are best buried deep enough that pets can’t dig them up, otherwise throw them out with the garbage.

Animal Emergency Service vet Dr Alex Hynes said the best way to ensure the safety of your pet is to supervise them well during toad season.

If your pet does come into contact with a cane toad’s toxin Dr Hynes said owners should never rinse a dog’s mouth out with a hose, which can force water into their lungs, but rather take a wet cloth and vigorously rub the dog’s gums for up to 15 minutes, rinsing out the cloth intermittently.

 

Full article originally posted on Perth Now as “Even dead cane toads can kill pets: experts” on September 13, 2019.

 

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