Lizard Venom Toxicity in Dogs

Overview of Canine Lizard Venom Toxicity

Lizard toxicity is characterized by the venomous bite of one of two kinds of venomous lizards, causing a myriad of clinical signs. The Gila monster and Mexican beaded lizard bites are the only ones considered toxic. These lizards deliver their toxins to the victim by injecting a toxin from glands within their lower jaw. However, these lizards are generally quite docile and infrequently envenomate dogs. Most lizard venom toxicity occurs only in the southwestern United States and Mexico.

What to Watch For

Signs of lizard venom toxicity in dogs may include:

Diagnosis of Lizard Venom Toxicity in Dogs

Treatment of Lizard Venom Toxicity in Dogs

Home Care and Prevention

If you suspect that you dog has been bitten, see your veterinarian. Follow all directions from your veterinarian, administering all medication and therapy. Monitor the bite site closely and report any changes to your veterinarian.

To prevent lizard venom toxicity, do not allow your dog to roam and have access to these lizards.