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    Reposting here...I posted this in the welcome forum too.
    Hi everyone! None of the vets in our city see toads, so we are waiting to see if the wildlife rehab about 2.5 hours away can pick up our injured toad. We are also concerned that they don't really know how to treat injured toads, so we would like advice to see if we can help him ourselves.
    Three days ago, we found this injured toad at the curb of our house, and he had probably been grazed by the car we parked. We didn't see him until we got out of the car and we feel awful. He has an injured eye and jaw, but the rest of him is fine. We have him in a room in our house, in a cardboard box with paper towel that is damp, a towel he burrows in (is this bad for him?) and a dish of reverse osmosis water. We have read about other sick toads here so we are going to get pedialyte today and Fluker's Reptaboost. We have left earth worms with him, but he won't eat and hasn't eaten since we found him. We worry his jaw is broken and he won't be able to eat....ever. How long can he go without eating? Is there a way to syringe feed a toad but maybe we shouldn't try, being that his jaw is injured? Should we humanely euthanize him, but how would that be done and when would we know it has to be done? Should we let him out in the forest to let nature take its course? We prefer to help him if we can. I will try to find a way to attach photos here. THanks everyone!!
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    Default Re: need help for injured toad

    I'm not a vet, but if his jaw can't be opened, that might be a real problem. Syringe feeding is a possibility but if the jaw is broken right now moving it might make it worse.
    If it comes to that, there are threads on euthanasia I can link here, but you don't know for sure that his jaw can't be opened yet, so I wouldn't jump to that just yet.

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    Default Re: need help for injured toad

    Quote Originally Posted by elly View Post
    I'm not a vet, but if his jaw can't be opened, that might be a real problem. Syringe feeding is a possibility but if the jaw is broken right now moving it might make it worse.
    If it comes to that, there are threads on euthanasia I can link here, but you don't know for sure that his jaw can't be opened yet, so I wouldn't jump to that just yet.
    Thanks, we're going to see if he will eat the crickets we just bought, and we did the pedialyte soak. He is fine and active, so I really hope he can open his jaw. Fingers crossed.

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    Default Re: need help for injured toad

    Maybe you could try gently opening his mouth with your finger, if he flinches he's in a lot of pain. It is possible to syringe feed in emergencies.



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    I would keep him at a normal temp in a moist, dim or dark environment with soil to burrow and a hiding place. If you already haven't you should gently clean the wound with a q tip. You could apply a small amount of regular neosporin. None with pain reliver or anything like that. I've used it on a frog with a nose injury for weeks. You could also put a very small amount of sugar granules over the neosporin. This keeps it in places and promotes healthy tissue growth without injuring the toads skin. Luckily he's a good size so if he doesn't eat while the jaw heals, he still could make it. It wouldn't be a good idea to try and feed him while the jaw is healing. The rapid jaw movement could delay healing at this point. A broken bone shouldn't be moved a lot, especially first few days. Crickets could also stress him out at this point. The eye is also concerning. He most likely can't see anything from that eye. The blood vessels in the eye have broken filling with blood behind the cornea. Hopefully there aren't any other injuries to the skull causing neurological damage.

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