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August 24, 20061 found this helpful

My dog recently caught a toad and after spitting it out starting foaming at the mouth. On a recent post about what foods are poisonous to dogs there was a tip to go to the ASPCA site. The have a list of warm weather hazards, and toads are on that list, but it doesn't say what will happen if your dog bites a toad. The consultation fee to call the poison center at ASPCA is $55.00! Would anyone know what happens to dogs after biting a toad?

Paula from Christmas, MI

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June 2, 20110 found this helpful
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This just happened to my Jack rat about 20 mins ago and it terrified me. Followed the instructions on these posts, rinsed her mouth out with water and the foaming stopped. She seems to be fine, just had a treat and is back outside looking for the damn toad! Errr! Thank you to everyone who posted with advice! I was on my way to putting her in the car for a costly trip to the vet. How great is the internet!

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November 14, 20130 found this helpful
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My Jack Russell Fox Terrier, Hamish, two hours ago mouthed a QLD Australian Cane Toad. The initial symptoms were: foam at the mouth, shaking his head, I ran water over a bath towel and using a different section of the wet towel for each wipe of Hamish tongue, gums, teeth and lips-repeating the wipe four times over these parts.

It wasn't easy, Hamish became aggressive and his jaws were tight, but, I persisted and won! Hamish cont to lick a lot, so I ran the baby shower head, water through his mouth, directing the flow of water over his tongue, outward toward his snout, but only for 10 seconds, as you can accidentally drown your canine, if your not careful.

About 1 hour after the incident, Hamish stopped his out of character licking, looking to be hyperactive, like we do on red cordial for the next 15min, then a good sign of recovery, Hamish for the last 1/2hr, drank from his water bowl about 5 times and eat some wet & dry food.

I'ts been 2 hours and 18 minutes now, and hes finally settled down for a sleep. I continued to wipe his lips every 15 minutes throughout from start to now, and also checked his gums for redness, his gums continue to be normal-pink. Well I hope this helps!

Finally going to bed myself, was going to sleep at 11pm and now its 1:23 am. I do have one Question: How long before you can have a reasonable idea, your canine is out of danger, and if they eat and drink, is that a good sign that the danger is over?

I pray my baby will be okay and yours,


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July 15, 20131 found this helpful

I live in Michigan and suspect my boxer ate a toad. She has been vomitting and has severe diarrhea for over a day now. I called the vet and he said if she doesn't improve in 24 hours to bring her in. Well now she has stopped drinking and is so lethargic. She literally got up laid flat on top of me and just collapsed. When my newborn started crying she didn't even attempt to get up and when I got up to get the baby she just rolled off of me.

I'm terrified. I'm almost 100% sure she ate a toad and although we don't have the deadly toads here, I'm sure she is suffering from some type of poison. I'm taking her in first thing in the morning because I am worried sick. Has anyone in Michigan experience anything similar with a toad and their dog?

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September 10, 20110 found this helpful

I live in Michigan and my dog just licked the toad, put it in his mouth and immediately dropped it. However, I do not know if he bite it or not and my dog appears to be fine but I am very concerned. Now I do not know even if I live in an area where poisonous frogs are. I tried rinsing his mouth out with a hose and he is a stubborn little dog. I am having a really hard time doing this he will not open his mouth. I am not sure what to do.

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Same thing happened to my Dalmatian just right now. I didn't exactly see her eat the toad but she started drooling excessively, diarrhea, became extremely lethargic, loss of appetite, then her gums went pale last night. By the time I was going to take her to the vet Today she was already gone. Such a horrible thing to experience.

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Also,I was gone all day but the very first sign I noticed was when I went outside to give her water and she stayed laying down when usually she comes to jump on me. I called her and she couldn't get up.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. Hopefully, your post will help someone else.

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June 19, 20170 found this helpful

I am SO very sorry for the loss of your pet! We were in Tucson, AZ a few years ago when our pomerianian decided to try to play with a rattlesnake. She died before we could find a vet with antivenom (our vet was all out) She had the same, difficulty breathing. It was so horrible. I still cry when I see her photo, she was the happiest dog.

We always try to protect our babies the best we can, but sometimes tragedy strikes anyway. We can only share our stories in the hope of helping others who may have lost pets know that we are good pet parents who suffered a loss of a loved one.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful chihuahua was messing with a toad...I don't know if he ate it or what ....he would vomit and walk funny....I rinsed out his mouth and it was slimy was his nose....he was breathing funny and had muscle tremors ...I was going to bring him to the vet in the morning and he died that night.....he weighed 10#...was 3 years old.

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

My dog recently caught a toad and after spitting it out starting foaming at the mouth. On a recent post about what foods are poisonous to dogs there was a tip to go to the ASPCA site. They have a list of warm weather

hazards, and toads are on that list, but it doesn't say what will happen if your dog bites a toad. The

consultation fee to call the poison center at ASPCA is $55.00! Would anyone know what happens to dogs after

biting a toad?

Paula from Christmas, MI


Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

Toads can excrete a nasty fluid that your dog probably got a mouthful of. Since he was foaming at the mouth he had

a reaction to try to get rid of the toxin as nature intended. He may be off his feed for a few days and that's OK

too, but if he eats and drinks he will probably be his old self in a couple of days. (08/25/2006)

By Carla

Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

Try just calling your vet. Maybe they could tell you. Try doing a Google search if you know what kind of toad it

was. (08/25/2006)

By sandy63

Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

Well, from my expensive trip to the vet recently I have learned that some toads can be toxic to dogs. They secrete

a liquid and that is what makes the dogs foam at the mouth. For most dogs it is an easy fix, you simply

(ha,ha..not so simply) put a water hose into the dogs mouth with its mouth pointing downward and rinse out the

foam, making sure you rub the gums and tongue as best you can.

On a more serious note, some dogs have serious allergic reactions and have to be expressed to the vets office

for steroid and antihistamine injections to reverse the effects. I know this because I just went through it 3 days

ago. My terrier mix had horrible reactions, but foaming at the mouth was not one of them (hhmmm?) Her mouth

swelled up badly and her eyes completely dilated and she became very lethargic and fell over on her side. Not a

cheap trip, but worth it! As far as a list of such toads or frogs, I have been looking for that info myself

recently. I am also researching poisonous caterpillars and bugs that dogs seem to need to check out. Hope this

helps! (04/26/2007)


Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

Our vet said the reaction depends on the type of toad and the size of the dog. Since our dog is 50 pounds, she is

okay. Plus, it is important to immediately rinse off the gums. The Bufo toad has a venom that has a peanut

butter consistency and will stay on the dog's gums, so you need to point the dog's head down, get a hose to rinse

the gums off. You can have a soft cloth to help wipe off the gums and inside the mouth. The time is critical, so

IMMEDIATELY rinse your dogs gums and inside the mouth for 10-15 minutes. If your dog is walking all right, not

swaying, and appears otherwise normal after the initial 1/2 hour of contacting the toad, then, no problem. If the

dog is not behaving normally in the first 1/2 hour and you have rinsed the dog's mouth for 10 to 15 minutes, then

get over to the vet. The Bufo toad venom affects the nervous system and can cause brain damage, breathing

problems, and death, especially in smaller dogs.

In Hawaii, there are Bufo toads and those are dangerous to dogs. See article below, another feedback had the

url. I don't have the website address it is in another feedback's post, but here is the article. I figure if

you are as worried as I was, it is better to have all the info in one spot. Good luck, don't panic. In Hawaii,

it is the type of the toad, the Bufo toad that is dangerous to dogs and that causes the foaming reaction. If your

dog caught a Bufo toad, then its gums will be irritated and will be bright RED.

Danger - Giant Toads

Toads secrete a substance that can irritate a dog's eyes or tongue. Catching and chewing a toad can cause

excessive salivation and sometimes disorientation, but usually nothing very serious. If your dog has caught a

toad, flushing his mouth with water to relieve the unpleasant symptoms is usually all that's needed. But there are

some deadly exceptions!

Several species of giant toads are a serious threat to pets. The Colorado River Toad, found in Southwestern

states from Arizona to Southern California, and the Giant Brown Toad (also known as Marine Toads, Cane Toads or

Bufo Toads) found in South Texas and Florida, are the two most common poisonous toads in the U.S. There are also a

large number of Bufo Toads in Hawaii. These giant toads can grow to be 4" to about 9" long and to weigh more than

2 pounds.

Unlike other toads who only eat live, moving insects, giant toads will climb into outdoor food bowls and eat

dog food. This leads to toad catching and canine poisoning. There have even been rare cases where giant toads have

just sat on the rim of a dog's water dish and left enough toxin to make the dog sick.

Drooling, head shaking, pawing at the mouth, crying, and attempting to vomit are some symptoms that a pet has

had contact with these toads. Symptoms of toad poisoning in dogs can include heavy drooling, head-shaking,

vomiting, diarrhea, bright red gums, weakness, loss of coordination, fever, irregular heartbeat, difficult

breathing, tightly clamped jaws, convulsions, and even death.

Veterinary treatment, among other measures, might include an EKG to detect an abnormal heart rhythm and, if

present, cardiac medication to combat it, medication to reduce fever, medication to control seizures and IV


If you live in an area where giant toads can be found, there are some things you can do to protect your dog

from a tragic encounter with them.

  • Toads are nocturnal animals. Turn on outdoor lights and don't allow your dog outside alone after dark.
  • Toads are also seen more often in wet weather. When it is raining, any time of day, always accompany your dog

    outside, and be extra watchful.

  • Inspect areas around plants and shrubs and carefully check your yard for toads before taking your dog outside

    during early morning hours.

  • If your dog has had contact with a giant toad, place a hose along the inside of the dog's mouth, point the

    dog's head downward so the water won't be swallowed and flush its mouth with water to remove all trace of the

    poison. While flushing, rub the gums and rub the inside of its mouth. Continue until the gums and the inside of

    the mouth no longer feel slimy, then call your Vet.

  • If you suspect toad poisoning in your dog, get prompt veterinary treatment. (05/17/2009)

By Kamaaina

Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

Here in Arizona we have a very large toad, the Colorado River Toad. These toads have glands on their backs that

secrete a neurotoxin. Our dog, Roswell, has gotten a hold of one twice. The first time, not knowing what we know

now, scared the living daylights out of my husband and I. The toxin sticks to the dogs gums and the affect is

almost immediate. The eyes dilate, the breathing can become labored, the heartbeat can become irregular. The

dog can appear confused and lack coordination. You should immediately begin washing out the dog's mouth with a

hose (the strong flow helps remove the sticky toxin). Using a soft cloth with also help. We were told by our vet

that if a dog eats the toad it is almost always fatal. Some dogs do have long term ill affects due to the toxin

so keep an eye on your pet. We don't let our dogs out at night alone now. Our dog still hasn't learn his lesson

as he still looks for his toad "friends". (08/09/2009)

By Ladiedaz

Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

I just encountered the same situation about 45 minutes ago. I am usually quick enough to keep my 85lb Pit Bull

away from them not even realizing what the effects would be. She found one when I was moving a piece of furniture

outside and was quicker than me. She shook it and tossed it out of her mouth. Immediately she started foaming

at the mouth really badly. I went inside and got hydrogen peroxide and forced about 1/2 cup down her throat.

This is a trick I saw from a friend who needed her dog to throw up a bone he ate. Any ways we stayed outside

and then within 10 minutes she started throwing up. I didn't know if she digested anything or what took place,

all I was thinking about at that point was to make her throw up and get it out of her system. As soon as she

finished she was fine. I am sorry for those of you who have lost a pet to this and grateful to everyone who has

posted about it. (09/30/2010)

By DEFamosi

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