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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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?
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!
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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Paula from Christmas, MI
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)
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 fluids.
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.
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)
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