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
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)
Try just calling your vet. Maybe they could tell you. Try doing a Google search if you know what kind of toad it
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
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
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.
outside, and be extra watchful.
during early morning hours.
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.
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)
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)
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