An alert dog owner from Key Largo, South Florida used his lessons from training and saved his beloved dog’s life.
On October 1, Andrew Burtschin returned home from boating at around 8:45 p.m. Before reaching his house, he pulled up to his neighbor’s yard to chat.
He looked to his yard and saw his dogs, Shadow and Skunk, chewing something, but didn’t think much about it, and continued talking to his neighbor.
Then, one of his dogs, Shadow, went to the edge of the dock, sat down ,and stayed for about five minutes.
While still in the middle of conversation, Andrew saw Shadow fall into the canal.
He rushed and drove his boat to his dock to get her out of the water. He recalls Shadow was floating face-down for about 2 minutes.
At the moment he pulled Shadow out of the water, he thought she was no longer breathing but he did not give up. Trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, he knew that what works on people should work on other mammals.
He began to give the Lab mix chest compressions and “mouth to snout resuscitation.”
Thank goodness, it worked!
Then, Shadow began throwing up a lot of foam and her legs stiffened. Andrew called Dr. Geoff Bailey of Animal Care Clinic.
They met at the clinic and Dr. Bailey administered a steroid to Shadow — it seemed to get her out of her shock.
It turns out that the culprit was a bufo toad. It is a toad that secretes a toxin from parotoid glands in the back of the head. That toxin can be deadly to animals that try to eat it.
Andrew realized that his dogs found a bufo and tore it apart.
Skunk was fine. According to Andrew,Skunk continues to kill bufos with no apparent health impact.
Dr. Bailey warns pet owners aboutbufo toads. If your dog is salivating a lot more than usual, he or she may have eaten a bufo. The vet said that if you suspect your dog ate one, rinse your dog’s mouth out thoroughly with hose water.
“Just flush, flush, flush to get all those toxins out,” Bailey said.
Andrew has another dog called Rowdy. He is a 175-pound Rottweiler who thankfully doesn’t go near bufo toads.
It seems Shadow’s terrible experience hasn’t taught her a lesson.
“She’s gotten into several of them since then,” Andrew said. “She hasn’t learned her lesson.”
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