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Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?

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?

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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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April 20, 20180 found this helpful

I once lived in a little house where the shower wall didn't come all the way to the floor. It left about 2 " exposed back under the house. Well in the summer the toads would come in where it was cool and damp part of the time from showers I just put a board across the thresh hold to keep them out of the rest of the house. My part Shelty liked to sit there and watch them.

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One day she came in all upset and wanted me to follow her. A Garter snake had come in through the crack and had a toad puling it back under the house. Well Essie jumped in and got her toads out one at a time. She didn't want that snake eating her friends! She kind of gagged a bit then drank a bunch of water. She had no ill after effects. Oh, I don't live there anymore.

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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.

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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!

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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,
Dave.

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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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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

Most toafs emmit a very mild poison when they are touched to keep the pray away. I believe the poison is too mild to harm permanentl or kill a dog..

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Pretty sure it just makes them taster disgusting so the insinct is to drop the toad from its mouth

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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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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

YES...my 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 ....so 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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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.

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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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