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What to do when your dog bites a toad

March 20th, 2007

A few months ago, my puppy bit a baby frog (toad actually). Jack, my puppy, started spitting and choking. Frog - Bufo Toad or Bufo MarinusIt did not look good at all. So, I immediately took him over to the hose and rinsed his mouth out with water. Then, I called the vet and drove straight over. Fortunately, Jack checked out fine. However for future reference, the emergency vet gave me an informational handout on Bufo Toad Toxicity. Here’s what it said.


Bufo toads (Bufo Marinus) were introduced into Florida years ago to control insects. They reproduce very efficiently and have become endemic in South Florida.

The Bufo or Cane toad produces toxins from the parotid glands located behind the head. The toxins contain high concentrations of hormones such as adrenalin and others such as bufotoxins. The toxins affect two major organ systems: the cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) and the nervous system (brain).

Signs of Toxicity

Due to the slow and awkward movement of the Bufo toad, dogs readily will attack them. When attacked, the toads release the toxins and dogs become affected. Common signs of intoxication include the following: foaming from the mouth, drooling, pawing at the mouth, vomiting, stumbling, falling, tremors, rigid legs, and seizures.


If your dog is exhibiting signs of toxicity, is conscious, and not seizuring then:

  • Rinse the mouth with running water: place a garden hose or faucet along the side of the mouth and run the water.
  • Rinse the mouth for 3 to 5 minutes at a time for a total of 3 times.

Do not force water down your pet’s mouth or try to make your pet swallow.
Do not give any oil, milk, or other substance besides water.


Here is an idea I wrote about to Keep Frogs Out of Your Yard!

Please add your own suggestions to help protect our pets. If you leave a comment let us know what part of the country you are from. It helps to know where these dangerous toads are located around the country. Thanks.

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  • 1. A.J. Quimby  |  May 10th, 2007 at 1:10 am

    This article is a life saver- literally! My dog caught a toad and bit into it and she was soon foaming at the mouth. It was 9:00 at night and too late to call a vet so I got online and found this site. After thorough rinsing she seems to be fine but tomorrow we wil have to make a stop at the vet just to be sure. Thanks for the information.

  • 2. dawn  |  May 13th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    I wish you and your pet the best.

  • 3. Daniel Tanner  |  May 16th, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Hey, thank you so much. My Dad and brother are on the way to the vet right now with my dog. We went on the internet immediately and found your tip. We read it and they were out the door in 2 minutes. Please, please please E-mail me back at my E-mail address asap. I’m yet to hear about my dog, since it happened about 15 minutes ago, and everyone is still in a panic.

    Again, please write back. Thanks so much.

    -Daniel Tanner.

  • 4. lizzy  |  July 6th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Our 2 1/2 year old Jack Russell, Burt, licked a frog Wednesday am – the 4th of July, within minutes he was lying down having bowel movements, trying to stand up but unable to… We (my 3 children and myself) rushed him to our vet who immediately sent us to the ER clinic – he was seizing in the car while my 12 year old son was holding him – upon arrival at the ER vet he was put on a ventilater… the vet said he was drawing his last breath when we walked in… 6 hours later and still on the ventilater his brain began to swell – we had to let him go – the ER vet and our family did everything we could but in reality by the time we reached the ER vet the damage from the toxins had already begun to take place – it was less than an hour after we initially thought something was wrong… those frogs are a menace…my 2 older boys have been ‘frog hunting’… please watch your pets when they are outside -

  • 5. dawn  |  July 7th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • 6. Amalia  |  July 8th, 2007 at 7:17 am

    Please, before going to the vet., wash your dog’s mouth with plenty of water. Don’t stop untill you see some relieve on your dog. While someone else calls the vet to check if he will be able to provide help. Some doctors will tell you on the phone if there’s something or nothing they can do. My dogs go through this frog poisoning a lot. My husband and I allready know what to do. One got one of those just now.

    It seems like a bufo can also leave a trace of venom in someway that my dogs will catch it with their paws. Hours later, yes, hours later, the dogs will be licking their paws and start having the symptoms. I always go to kitchen and use the little hose to wash the dishes to run a lot of water through their mouths. I don’t even go to the vet anymore.

    PD.: I once had to give her a strong but not damaging push to her lungs because she wasn’t breathing anymore. She started breathing again after I did this. You can do this in the case you don’t notice any breath at all. Ask your doctor before anything ever happens.

  • 7. Clay Pylant  |  July 18th, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    My baby (4.5 months old) Jack Russell just got his first frog as I was walking him tonight. The frog was on the concrete and I never saw him. The puppy just ran over, scooped him up in his mouth and went to the grass.

    As soon as I realized what happened I jerked the leash to move him away and the frog was out of his mouth and on the ground. He must not have bit into the frog because his mouth didn’t foam and he didn’t have any symptoms that I have been reading about.

    I carried him back to my condo (praying) so any poison he may have gotten would not move faster into his system.

    Thank GOD he seems okay! And thank you for this wonderful article.

  • 8. dawn  |  July 20th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    I’m glad your baby Jack Russell is doing well. And thanks for the compliment on the article.

  • 9. Minnette  |  July 28th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I have a baby frog inside my garage. I scooped up the first one and placed in him the back yard. I’m not sure if that is the same baby frog or he came back. It appears I have a gap in my garage and live near a creek. Well, my hyper mail pomeranian learned his lesson today. He saw the from and at first pawed him, the once the frog jumped, he bit the frog and started forming at the mouth. I got scared and didn’t know what to do. I made him get a drink of water at his water bowl. He stopped forming, but I was keeping a close watch. I didn’t know anything about frogs. I learned a long time ago when I was a kid that if frogs urinate on you, that you would get warts. That’s what the team leaders at camp had told us kids. I left it at that and that was all I knew. Thanks to this article, I know now what to do if my dog just so happens not to have learned his lesson.

  • 10. Dawn  |  July 30th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    My 3 yr old pit was killed today by a frog. I left for work and he was fine , came home 6 hrs later to find him dead beside a frog. After looking at this page my worst fears were confirmed. I only wish I knew this before. My vet also confirmed this, Now i know that I need to protect my other beloved animals from these horrible things that I thought were so innocent.

  • 11. dawn  |  July 31st, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Please accept my condolences.

  • 12. Nicole  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    We live out in the country and my dog just bit a toad…he has had the worst luck lately! First he got sprayed by a skunk and now this….we rinsed his mouth out and took him a bath but I cant tell if he has symptoms..he just seems scared…

  • 13. It Just Dawned On Me̷&hellip  |  August 9th, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    [...] About a week ago, my husband installed chicken wire around the bottom of the entire fence. We did this to keep our little dogs from running around the neighborhood. Well, since then, we have noticed that the chicken wire not only keeps the dogs in the yard, but it also keeps the frogs/toads out of the yard. [...]

  • 14. Me and Magic  |  August 21st, 2007 at 11:06 am

    My one year old Scotty had a run-in with a toad at 4:30 am — what kind — a toad is a toad to me. Magic goes out early onto our fenced in patio to do his business while I do mine. When I went to let Magic in from the patio, I realized he was ‘eating’ at something out there! Then I discovered the upsidedown toad. I brought Magic indoors and saw that he was shaking his head every few seconds, looked like it was a reflex action, and foaming at the mouth. STUPIDLY, I decided it was a bad taste in his mouth, so I fed him crackers, which he tried to eat, and he succeeded. However, THAT’s when the vomiting began. It didn’t end for 45 minutes. Mostly liquid, but probably the crackers as well. He wouldn’t eat a TUMS, either. I held him while he was throwing up because my dogs often try to EAT what they throw up. (It’s a DOG thing, to quote my vet) I made sure he didn’t eat any of this vomit. I just talked gently to him, so he would know that I wasn’t angry. Finally the vomiting subsided, and Magic took a long drink of water, then we went outdoors and he urinated right where he was standing, he as so tired, I’m sure. About 1/2 hour later he did his poo (looked normal) in the kitchen. I put him right next to me on the footstool so I could be there in case any more vomiting started. He slept peacefully for about 1/2 hour. No more vomiting. About 6 a.m. he was licking one of his paws like crazy, while waiting for breakfast. I knew he should not get anymore food. I called the vet when they opened, and they said he should be fine, and not to rinse his mouth at this point as it is well after the episode. They also said not to feed him for at least 24 hours. No treats, just water. Right now he seems totally normal, but this is still worrisome to me, after reading the stories above! I’m going to get him some special canned diet from the vet as his stomach may not be normal for a few days. They said he may even get some diahrea.

    This toad has visited our patio several times this summer, each time my husband carefully carried him out in the back field. However, my exhausted-from painting-two-rooms-husband slept and I wasn’t about to wake him to relocate a toad.

    Meanwhile, my 3 other dogs heard the commotion from me and Magic, so they woke up, and they wanted to go outside. I quickly re-found Mr. Toad who was just fine, but he then went for an unscheduled flight, because my puppy was NOT fine, and I was freaking out.

    After my husband woke up, he put some plywood near the bottom of the door on our patio, hoping to keep the toad from returning. He plans to drive the toad to another location if he returns to the patio.

    Thanks for all who posted here; and I hope my comments will be of help to anybody else who goes thru this terrifying experience.

    I learned a lesson — don’t assume the toad is permanently gone. And don’t feed the dog anything — rinse his mouth with water instead and pray with all the strength you have until you can get a vet on the phone.

    Magic’s Mom

  • 15. Ran  |  September 3rd, 2007 at 10:25 pm


    Me and my 5 months Schnauzer puppy went for a walk in the backyard, it was dark and all wet after the rain and the dog went runnning in the dark. I found her by a toad when I said “Stop, leave it” and she did it. I am not sure if she came into contact with the toad. I came to Internet, found your post and I did what you said; I wash her paws and mouth throroughly and I see no reaction, no foam on mouth or any other symptom.

    Let’s hope that nothing happens, I will observe the dog for a while.

    In Florida, after these summer rains, there are too many toads around.

    Thanks for this helpful article.

    I believe that she never touch it.


  • 16. Hayden  |  October 10th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Last night my Border Collie somehow got her paws on a toad (either licked, ate or spat at) but she had all the symptoms known after being poisoned (paralytic, little coordination, salivation, heavy breathing, dilated pupils etc.) we were unable to give her much water as her jaws were too tightly clenched. This was the 2nd time she had done this but this time she was far worse.
    We raced over to the nearest open vet about 20 minutes away where they put her on oxygen and some depressants.
    They said she was lucky to make it till morning so she must have gotten a fair bit of poison.
    Anyway she’s back home fine tonight but I’m a bit worried as its raining and probably will till the early hours.

    However unlike any other night she’s happily strolling around the backyard as if looking for something. If a toad comes out after the rain how will i know she won’t do it again?
    I’ve checked thoroughly for the little *****’s around the backyard but can’t see much however they seem to come out when the rain stops.
    But yeah bit too worried to sleep and was wondering what you think I should do in future, whether she might have learnt her lesson or is out searching for more.

    Anyway i’ve ranted long enough, feedback would be greatly appreciated thanks

    PS: There is nowhere indoors she can stay and the parents are against that so theres not much I can do as far as bringing her inside.

  • 17. danielle  |  November 1st, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    My mother just lost her dog on Sunday to a toad in the backyard (we suppose). We live in Delaware & I am not exactly sure which toad type this could have been. However, Rubin (the dog), was already predisposed to certain complications, because he licked anti-freeze as a puppy & lost his sight. He was also malnourished & lost the use of his back legs. He was properly rehabbed after being found as a stray & my mother adopted him. She has 3 dogs. She let them outside for a romp in the yard. Within 5-10 minutes of being outside, she saw Rubin turn away as if to run back up towards the house, he yipped & fell over to his side. When my mother ran to his side, he had foam around his mouth, he was dead weight & his eyes rolled into the back of his head. My parents rushed him to the emergency vet where they worked on him, but he was unable to be revived. My mother is just devastated & beside herself. It all happened just so very fast & poor Rubin was so happy with my parents. He would have been 2 this March. The vets did not have an answer as to what could have happened & my parents declined an autopsy. My mother stumbled across a huge toad in the same area that Rubin was in & next thing you know, she has all of this information on toads. I was hoping that someone out there could give a little insight on this so I can try to alleviate some of the questions and help her to sleep at night.

  • 18. Jessica  |  November 5th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    I think putting up chicken wire to keep frogs out is a wonderful idea but I worry that if we do that, the frogs in the yard will be stuck and have no way out so it could back fire. My 2 year Pit bull and my two puppies were outside tonight and they were near a dead Bufo frog. So far none have symptoms so we assume the frog was already dead. We have found dead toads in our yard twice before without dogs intervention. I wonder what is killing them. We see no signs of trauma. Anyway, we hope the dogs will be fine. How long does it take before you see the first symptoms of a dog toad that has been poisoned. The puppies are 6 months and at keast 55 lbs and Jack, our Putbull is about 60 and 70 lbs. Does size matter in poisonings. Wishing everyone the best of luck and may all their pets and loved ones stay safe. I imagine it can be a problem if a child gets in contact with this toad. Wish my dogs were not so curious.

  • 19. dawn  |  November 7th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Danielle, it sounds like your mother gave a lot of love and care to Rubin. The only advice I can offer is to try to keep your mother from thinking that this was her fault in any way. When my puppy caught the toad, I was only a couple steps away and it happened before I had time to react. Please pass along my condolences.

    Jessica, in my puppy’s case, the symptoms came on almost immediately. And in other cases, the symptoms come on within minutes. I believe the size of the toad does affect the amount of poison taken in by the dog. As far as the size of the dog, I would imagine the larger the dog the lower the chance of severe toxicity. However, keep in mind, I am not a vet, just a loving pet owner.

  • 20. Sam  |  November 9th, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    This was very helpful! Tonight my dog found a toad and put it into his mouth and then he spit it back out and started foaming. I was scared and knew nothing about toads. So we got online and found your site. (very helpful) Thanks so much for the info!!!!
    however I live in california and I’m not sure if it was the same type of frog or not. It looks of the same in the picture, but I don’t know. Thanks anyway!

  • 21. Trini  |  November 20th, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Tonight my dogs Lola & Charlie were both almost killed by a stupid toad. Thankfully I found this site and was able to quickly tell my parents what to do. They seem okay now, at least no more vomiting or signs of dizziness. I owe it all to this site as I couldn’t get any damn vets to help, so god damn unreliable. Now my brother and cousin are hunting the toad down. Anyways, Thank you!

  • 22. seaira  |  November 22nd, 2007 at 12:22 am

    My Cane Corso bitch hunts the cane frog here in Costa Rica and cannot be kept from them. She has built up a tolerance over time. I always wash her mouth out (instinctively from the first time)
    She actually ate a few of them while she was pregnant. I can’t find any information on the internet as to what that can cause in the unborn pups. She had nine. Two were born on the second day and one was barely breathing ( gave artificial respiration and it survived. The pups seem to have skin disorders of different kinds. Do you know ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?
    Hope you will answer me. I will post this on your site if you can answer my questions. Maybe others are concerned about unborn pups when mother ingest the cane toxin.

  • 23. Baylor  |  November 25th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    My mother-in-laws yorkie just had a run in with a frog. Started instantly foaming out of his mouth and shaking his head. I googled this info and want to say thank you. We live on the Gulf Coast and never heard of anything of such sort. We washed the dogs mouth out and haven’t seen any signs since.Thanks again, Baylor

  • 24. D Garrido  |  December 10th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    12/7/07-Roscoe, 3 year old Jack Russell terrier tangled with a Buffo frog. Had previous problem with Marley-1 year old Jack Russell biting one. Rinsed Marley’s mouth out per Emergency Pet Care Center and she was fine. Went to Emergency Center just to be sure she would be ok. Roscoe didn’t fare so well. Couldn’t stand up, starting have seizures. Had already rinsed his mouth out but must have had a good mouth full. Raced to EPCC, had to be placed on oxygen, medication to stop seizures, IV inserted and $515.00 later he was able to come home next morning, Thank God.

    Does anyone know of any way to keep these things off your property? I have been unable to find anything.
    Live in Jensen Beach and we are covered up with the toads. No water standing near by or in yard but seem to find them at down spouts from gutters whenver we can see them. Have seen some as large as 1 to 2 pounds and then baby and medium frogs.

    Many Jacks have died in this area because of these frogs. Nothing to mess around with.

  • 25. stephanie  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    After loosing my 3 year old daughund Princess this morning because of her curiousity toward this unexpected toad in my back yard. Im beating my self up for not know that to do. That’s to this site if this ever happens to me again (hopefully not) ill know about what I should do.

  • 26. Brenda  |  February 24th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I have heard that salt will keep certain reptiles away – I guess it burns their skin.

    Maybe it or some other like substance would work on toads. I ‘d buy a case of rock salt and put it around the base of my fence if I didn’t think the salt would desolve with the moisture outside.

    The dang things surround my house a certain times of year. And we get lots because we’re near a canal.

    Where’s a good chemical company when you need one?

  • 27. Brenda  |  February 24th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    For what it’s worth the toads are largely nocturnal. So if the little guys can hold til daylight that might help.

  • 28. April  |  April 10th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    What great information. We live in Florida and when it rains here we always seem to get the Buffo frogs after the rain stops and it is always dark outside. We don’t know how they are getting in the yard. We have a privacy fence all around the yard. I would like to know how these little suckers keep getting in my back yard. My yorkie is not to interested in them but my rotwieler is very interested in them and always goes after them, thankfully so far we have not seen any of those symptons in either dog and really hope not too.
    Just tonight we have seen 4 in our yard.

  • 29. PK  |  April 21st, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Adding my thanks for this entry as well. My Shiba Inu grabbed a large toad on our walk tonight and spit it out very quickly. She shook her head a bunch of times and vomited. I brought her right home and she immediately went to her water dish as I Googled for information and found this. I must admit, this article scared me silly, but now I know how serious it can be. Luckily, my dog seems to be fine now, her symptoms lasted only a couple of minutes.

  • 30. Gini  |  May 6th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Thank You ! Thank You! So Much You saved my dog’s life.My Double Dapple Daschund found a toad in the back yard and came into the house dragging his back legs. Throwing up and eyes dialated rolling back in his head. I found this Web site and flushed his mouth out with water. After a sleepless night not knowing if he would make it we were off to the vet in the morning. He had some water in his lungs and was put on heavy antibiotics. Because of your advice he is doing just great now and back to normal. God Bless You.

  • 31. Polly  |  May 7th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I work in an emergency room. I read alot of good ideas on this site, but what I wish to say is that make sure your pet does not swallow any more toxin than they had already done. Alot of people are now getting a damp cloth and wiping out their mouth and face. We also seen a case tonight when a Bichon picked up a 4 day deceased toad and still had a reaction to the toxins left behind.

    I hope the best for everybody who has to experience their pet go through this, and my heart goes out to the ones who did not make it.

  • 32. Adrian  |  May 12th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I owe great thanks to this site. My dog licked a toad and shortly after, started foaming and drooling. I panicked and put my dog in the garage so I could go inside on the internet. I needed to figure out what was going on and what to do. I then googled, “what happens when a dog licks a toad?” As soon as i read, “rinse with water,”I jumped out of my seat and did so. If it wasn’t for this site, my dog would be mortified. THANK YOU.

  • 33. stacy  |  May 17th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    My two dogs have now gotten a hold of 3 toads in a matter of a few weeks, I dont know where they are coming from but would desperately like too find out how to keep them out of my backyard. Any suggestions??? Madisons 40lbs and seems to be more affected by the toads than Molly whos 80 lbs but I’m not sure if its just because Madison has gotten more of the poison or if its because of their difference in weight. Please help me, I’m scared to let them outside when my husband and i aren’t with them watching their every move. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks for this site:)

  • 34. bruce  |  June 3rd, 2008 at 10:32 am

    I am soon to move to costa rica with my 2 dogs, and have had many sleepless night worrying aobut the cane toads here. I am wondering if placing a muzzle on the dog at night might stop any chance of the dogs biting a toad. I have talked to a vet here, and they suggest a combination of milk and lemon juice. It’s so confusing when I hear that solution and yet others saying do not give milk

  • 35. Kim  |  June 6th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Thank you for a very helpful site. My little 4 pound Chihuahua found a toad this evening and tried to put it in his mouth. Instantly he regretted this as he left the frog and began to shake his head and paw at his mouth, then the foaming began, follwed by vomiting. I tried to wash his mouth out but with a cloth, (as it is possible to get water in the lungs if not careful with a sprayer or hose) I could not as he clenched his jaw very tight. I called our ER vet who said there are no dangerous toads in our area (northeast Pa) and that he was just foaming at the mouth and vomiting due to bad taste (yeah right!!!), so now im watching him on my own. Thanks to this site I know what to further watch for. His HR seems normal at 100 but irregular with no other symptoms. I live over an hour from this vet, so i am praying that the worst is over. But thank you again for this site and the information.

  • 36. manju  |  June 6th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you. my ruby licked one big indian frog. started foaming and shaking her head at night 11 pm. i washed her mouth with water and give her avil in milk and sugar. then washed her. after i saw the web site. it gave me information for washing her paws.after 1/2 hour foam stopped and now water is coming from her mouth and nose every five minute interval. so praying to god and waiting. morning i ll see the vet. pls pray for her, as in the article i gave her one bowl milk with sugar. she seems fine except the water discharge from the mouth in between. she ate littkle pedegree too.

  • 37. Barbara  |  June 12th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Sorry to all of you who lost pets.

    My 6 mo. old Yorkie/Poodle (5lbs.), had a run in this morning with some kind of frog or toad. For some reason she woke me up at 5:30am wanting to go out. We live in South FL on a canal. It was still pretty dark out, and I was half asleep and didn’t bother to put on her collar and leash. I let her out the back door, and usually she goes and comes right back in. I saw her go running to the dock chasing what looked like a frog. I ran down to see, and there were several small frogs that jumped into the water when she got to them. I thought it was over, and told her to go “do her stuff”. She went on the grass where she usually goes, and began barking and backing up. I didn’t know what it was making her do that…so I walked over in time to see a pretty large dark thing jump in the water. I remember hearing about poison toads. Immediately she ran to the door shaking her head and making weird sounds with her mouth like trying to get something out of her mouth. She wasn’t foaming, but did drool a bit. I did know about washing out the mouth…so I ran to the kitchen faucet sprayer, and tried to wash her mouth. She wouldn’t cooperate, so I wet a paper towel and tried to wipe her mouth out. As soon as I did that she stopped shaking her head and drooling. She then ran to the front door wanting to go out. She ran out and did her business. I was still concerned as she was not acting herself. She seemed to want to be outside (maybe to chase more?). I work with herbs and natural remedies, and gave her something I had on hand to counteract toxins. She seemed totally fine after that. Other than being more hyper than usual (maybe a side effect of what I gave her). It’s been 2 hours since the episode, so I’m assuming she’s fine. I learned my lesson. Tired or not, I need to put her on the leash in the early morning! Thanks for the great advice, it will help a lot of people.

  • 38. ger  |  June 12th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Hi and thanks.. now my story is about my cats. I went out this morning at around 1 am and see my 7 month old kitty barely walking to the house. She is shaking violently, her mouth chattering, and her eyes big as saucers. She has a wet place near her neck. I didnt know if she got into poision, a spider, snake. We live in the country. So, I wash off the wet spot thinking it is a chemical. Put her in a box, and wait.. She looked so bad. I then go back outside and my other cat is showing some of the same signs but not nearly as bad.. Mostly his eyes were quivering. He too had a wet streak on his neck. Now, I really thought they had rubbed on something bad. I washed him too. He seemed fine a couple hours later. As for Tid Bit, I just knew she was going to be gone this morning, but, no, she was still in the box, shaking but not nearly as bad. I took her straight to the vet, who, after explaining the signs, said more than likely a toad. My big german wired haired pointer always plays with toads and foams.. Never really knew it was a bad thing, thought it just tasted bad. Now, I know.. and I did see some baby frogs/toads last night on the porch. So, everyone stays inside now at night. Tiddy seems to be better, oh and she is pregnant… great. Keeping an eye on her today and praying she is ok..thanks geri

  • 39. bart  |  June 15th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Just had a similiar scare with our Silky, she licked Buffo frog, and was dazed and stumbling… rushed her to the 24 hr vet emergency room. Luckily, she never went into seizure and seems to be resting quietly in her kennel…. unfortunately, I’m not resting! staying up checking on her…. a long night ahead!

  • 40. jay  |  June 20th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    My 8 pd. Yorkie went outside approx. 9:30 p.m. and chased a frog into the bushes. She went in after him but came out foaming at the mouth, making a snorting sound like she was having trouble breathing, and shaking her head. I took her inside and she began to throw up foam, thick mucus, and some food she had eaten earlier. I quickly looked on line and found this site. My Yorkie has thrown up approx. 5 times and is laying around; not as active as she usually is. I have washed her mouth and feet and I am watching her closely. A few years ago, I had a cocker spaniel who got frogs several different times and foamed at the mouth but I did not realize that they were dangerous. I thought it was just that the frog excreted something bad tasting and made the dog foam at the mouth. One spring day, I left the dog outside while grocery shopping. I came home and found my cocker laying beside the water bowl dead with foam on her mouth. I didn’t associate her death with the frogs until now. I certaintly have learned my lesson as I watch my Yorkie and pray that she will be okay.

  • 41. Dionne  |  June 23rd, 2008 at 12:28 am

    My black lab picked up a toad today. He started foaming at the mouth. Our whole family was in a panic, as my son called our vets emergency number, I did a google search and found your web site. Thanks to your article my dog is with us today. My vet said looks like we caught it in time. We are still watching him for the evening and praying he will be ok.

    Thanks for your help!!!!

  • 42. Cheryl  |  June 27th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    My cocker spaniel bit and killed a really big toad. We live out in the country and the dog looks for these things every night.
    Anyway, I washed his mouth out as best I could, as he was clenching his jaws tightly. He is not foaming anymore, but he is give a strange cough sounds described in some of the other comments above. He does the cough at least every 5-10 seconds. It’s been an hour, now, and I’m very worried about him. Poor Charlie was sprayed by a skunk almost a week ago. And now this!

  • 43. Tyler  |  June 29th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    My 1 year 2month old Jack russel was un the yard pawing at something and i walked over to it and it was a frog. It just stoped raining in florida and normally frogs come out but anyways he only had symptoms for about 5 minutes so i was wondering does that mean that it is gone?

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  • 45. Oscar del Campo  |  July 8th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I have a 7 year old jack russel and while i was grilling on my Q i niticed my dog scraping with something. IT was a huge toad lookd like 2 lbs. He started scratching his gums and vomiting. Thanks to this site i rinced his mouth out and scrubed his gums with a wet towel for a few min. He was fine. Thanks.

  • 46. P  |  July 12th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    my two month old pitbull puppy Einstein just seemed to have caught a toad about 20 minutes ago, she foamed a bit at the mouth and looked a little confused, she proceeded to walk in an unorthodox manor, i quickly got online found this site…. rinsed his mouth and made sure to clean his paws to get rid of any possible remaining toxins…

    his heart rate was a little accelerated but he seems to have calmed down normal, his vision is fine and he’s resting up, although he clinched his jaw pretty tight during his ‘trip’ , im now looking after him and taking him to the vet first thing in the morning, after reading about some of your losses…

  • 47. kyle  |  July 12th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    by the time we reached my dog makua……….
    i dont even want to say any more he passed away though.

    f*** toads

  • 48. monique cusatti  |  July 15th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I have a beautiful 9 year old chocolate lab, her name is Belle,I got her when she was 6 month. we decided to breed her 5 years ago .we breed our chocololate lab with a yellow lab, and all 14 puppies came out black. wow i was amazed!! well after the puppies Belle started having seizures. she gets them about 2 a week, i was heart broke, well in the last 3 months belle got 2 tumors, one on her juggulier( the main vein on the neck) and the other on her side. Belle is my baby.Tonight we were standing out front when i notice that she was messing with a toad. i saw her get sprayed, she looked up at me and she was already foaming at the month. i brought her in, and found this site. wow with everything i have been throught with her. i would hate for a toad to take her life. I took her in the shower bathed her, but shes still sneezing and rubbing her mouth.Im going to keep an eye on herjust to make sure she doesnt seize.

  • 49. Tabitha  |  July 16th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I was just checking out this site the other night. My 9 week old papillion got really sick a few nights ago. Of course it was on a night that I just did not have the money to go to the vet. They would not even put it on my credit card. This happened about 1 am. I begged and pleaded with them. Needless to say, nothing that I said would make them see this dog. I did my research and found out that you can induce vomiting in dogs by giving them 1 tsp of Peroxide. This is what I had to do. Within 20 minutes my dog was back to himself.
    Well today we got a new dog. I took him as a rescue. My mother in law took him out and in a matter of 20 minutes from the time that he came in, he was now vomiting. At first, I thought that it was stress. We just got him today. Then I saw the foamy mouth. I had to break out the peroxide again. Thank the lord that it worked again.
    Just thought that I would share that tip with anyone that needs it. By the way….I did check with my vet and that is what I should have done according to them.
    I hope this can help you all.

  • 50. kevin  |  July 21st, 2008 at 6:20 am

    i picked one of these little buggers up and didnt think about it till about half an hour later that it might be poisonus not sure if he got me or not but im experiencing slight headache, slight eye pains.. but nothing else so far so i dont think it got me to bad… so these toads are lethal to humans… be careful hopefully ill be fine cant find what symptoms are of poisoning online in humans tho…. so if anyone has a link i would appreciate it….

  • 51. Bekah  |  July 21st, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I have a 4 month old black lab. A few weeks ago I noticed her acting strangely (this was on a Monday). She was stumbling and foaming at the mouth. I called the vet and they told me that it sounded like frog poisoning and asked if I had seen her eat one. I told them no and there was no evidence in my yard to tell me other wise. They told me to rinse her mouth and make sure she had lots of water.By that Wed. she was feeling better and back to her normal self. By Friday of that week she was out in the yard playing with my other dogs when suddenly she fell over and started having what looked like a seizure to me. I of course, freaked out, and rushed her to the Vet Hospital. The Vet told me that everything looked normal and without proof that she actually ate or licked a frog that he couldn’t do anything to help me. His only advice was to look for the frog/toad and get it out of the yard. He said in Oklahoma (where I live) that our frogs/toads are not deadly merely poisonous to our dogs. He said that each time she licks the frog/toad that she is going to get sick and most symptoms are going to be like that of a drunk person.
    Well…here we are about 1 and 1/2 weeks after that initial visit and my poor baby is showing signs even worse then before. She is stumbling, hallucinating (from appearance of what I see), her vision seems to be affected to the extent that when talking to her she looks straight past you, she won’t allow me to touch her (except for a slight stroke on her ear but other then that she pulls away or runs from me), she is having mouth and tongue ‘muscle spasms’, she is very lethargic and has trouble controlling her tongue when she drinks water and her breathing is rapid. So, I called the vet again this morning and they told me they would have to call me back with what to do b/c they didn’t know right now. I got online and asked an online vet who gave me this website….but she said the rinsing with water and taking to the vet is what you should do. My vet has already said that is the only thing I can do. I am really worried about her….she’s just a baby and I can’t even bring her inside to give her a bath b/c she won’t let me touch her. Someone help me please!!

  • 52. Bonnie  |  July 22nd, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Last night I was out with my 3 year old dachshund, Charlie , and noticed him playing with a toad. I didn’t think anything of it until he started foaming at his mouth and shaking his head. I immediately got my husband and he told me that toads give off a poisonous toxin that can kill dogs. He grabbed the hose and we rinsed Charlies mouth out for several minutes, fighting his clenched jaws. We dried him off and brought him in to keep an eye on him. My husband was not 100% certain that rinsing his mouth was the right thing to do, but after reading this I feel confident that it was. I checked on Charlie this morning and he seems to be fine, I have my 13 year old daughter keeping a close eye on him for me today while I’m at work!
    We live in Texas and I’m not sure what kind of toad it was that Charlie got a hold of, but I understood from my husband that most toads have this poisonous toxin; it’s their defense mechanism. Now that I know this will no longer allow my dogs to play with toads…I had no idea!

  • 53. Edgar  |  July 23rd, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I was water the yard like I do every night. my dog “Waffles” was chasing frogs and he bit one for a split second and started foaming in the mouth and shaking his head. I looked in the internet and found this. I rinsed his mouth about 6 times and he looked relived. i can’t go to the vet right now its 10:30pm I live in Hanford, CA. I dont know if the frog was poisonous or not but Please I need help!!!

  • 54. perry caldwell  |  July 28th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    My Jack Russell died from a biting a toad usally he just nipped them this he grabbed in his mouth and I took it away from him to save the frog. I turned the hose on and he started biting the stream and playing. He was a very strong 4 yr old jack we played in the yard about 30 mins. The vet we called said he’s just stoned he would be ok . He sat down would not lower his head and would stretch, but not lower his head his color came back he never whimpered or showed any distress. Just lying on his stomach. He died 15 min. later. I did not know hurt like this.

  • 55. Tammy  |  August 4th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    It is approx 9:45 p.m. here in South Louisiana. I just had a toad frog incident with my 10 month old doggie (part Boxer), Zoey. I put her on her tie to go and potty. I closed the door for just a couple of minutes and when I opened it to get her, she was running around all crazy like and foaming at the mouth. I did not know what to do. A quick internet search led me here. I immediately brought her into the tub where I bathe my dogs and began rinsing her mouth area and face with water as well as her feet. She is laying on the bed right now. I am still concerned though. I am afraid it will be a long and sleepless night for me while I watch her. Thanks to everyone’s advice on this site. I hope it works. There is no Pet ER close by and I will have to wait until morning to get her to her vet.

  • 56. Omar  |  August 7th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Well Scruffy my g.f dog( yorky k-9) was found Monday morning Aug. 4th, 2008 lying on its side moaning and barking in pain (on and off in seizures) so i immediately told my g.f to get a vet on the phone. while she was doing that i was examining scruffy to see what was wrong, when there i saw blood around his mouth. i looked around and i saw the dead frog about 2 feet from him. ( i didn’t know about the whole frog vs. dog thing). so after words we rushed scruffy to the vet where the tech’s and the vet took over. They Rinsed scruffy mouth and his body, than gave him a shot to relax his body. scruffy was left there through out the day. Later that night after we picked up scruffy from vet, he was foaming a little bit, we rinsed him again. all day Tuesday and Wednesday he was acting normal but something was wrong. Wed. night (last night) he got vicious with my g.f and foaming like crazy, going in to mini seizures. we rushed scruffy to the er vet (on the drive there another seizure occurred) once we got there the vet checked him out. took a blood sample and it came out clean. all of a sudden scruffy was shaking foaming and into another seizure where it lasted 31 minutes!?! the vet gave him couple different shot’s than after he went to sleep. vet ran an IV and put him in a kennel for the night. in the morning we took scruffy back to his normal vet, where he got a whole entire body examination (blood, urine) and every thing came out negative(the vet said something is wrong but they just don’t know what). so now today we got him relaxing giving him antibiotics and pills for his seizures(which he had 2 minor few sec ones). looks like he doing a little better but we will see and keep a good watch on him next few days.

  • 57. Jessica  |  August 8th, 2008 at 8:17 am

    My dog, Chase, (Shar-pei/Lab mix– 60 lbs) bit a toad tonight on our walk and immediately foamed at the mouth but only for a minute. We were 30 minutes by foot from our house, but as we continued home he seemed to be his happy self. I wasn’t sure if this was serious, so when I got home I called the 24 hour emergency vet and they told me, “YES toads are poisonous and you should be concerned. Rinse his gums and watch for any symptoms.” So into the bath he went and got thoroughly rinsed as I was now crying hysterically. After that he seemed to be totally fine, we played fetch for a while (as I was researching symptoms on the internet) and then he chewed on his bone. He is now (about 2 hours later) sleeping and all bodily functions are normal. As I was reading this site I see a lot of people are saying that even though their dog is fine they will be taking them to the vet in the morning. Is this a necessary action if it has been that many hours later and the dog is still acting normal?? Let me know.. Thanks!!!

  • 58. dawn  |  August 8th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    I would contact the vet and ask them if it is necessary for you to take Chase into their office.

  • 59. roseann  |  August 16th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    My dog I believe bit a frog/toad about an hour ago. I know it was one because every night princess is out there trying to chase it. I had no idea that frogs can be dangerous to dogs.well I noticed my dog was foaming at the mouth and it freaked me out,I was terrified. I immediately washed her mouth out and made her drink some milk. I read what to do on this website and now I hope princess will be fine. She is apart of the family and is one of my kids. I called the 24 hour vet service and they said as long as she’s not vomitting,she should be fine. I have not seen her vomit,only foam and paw her mouth. She seems fine. I trued to wah her mouth out with the hose and then brought her into the bath and did some more. Is there anything else I should be worried about,any symptoms? Do I need to take her to the vet? I don’t want to be scared down the days. Iam still so worried. Is there anymore I can do to reassure that she will be fine? Help please!

  • 60. Meg Kittleson  |  August 22nd, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Could some of you tell me the state you’re in?

    7 week old German Shepard Puppy just ate large toad–whole!!! I see Florida is bad, but what about the rest of us??

  • 61. tyrone  |  August 31st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Yes, please include your location in your stories.

    In fact, it would be a good idea if the webmaster made a required field for location or state in the submission form.


  • 62. Luisa Mejia  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    my dog just ate one of those toads. i cried so hard due to the fact is aw him and im only 12 yes i know im only 12. this article is a lifesaver i love who ever wrote this. my dog soon started doing all of those things except the seizure of course. he vomited 4 times and had tremors his paws were up in all different directions. i cried so hard i still am. i am still praying ad hoping but thank you so much and please help me pray for my puppy FIFI. thank you to all of you, and please let’s hope he gets better.

  • 63. Kim  |  September 7th, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I was just walking my 3 month old yorkie/lhasa/poodle. It had rained and was about 10:30 p.m. As we rounded the corner she looked like she had eaten something (probably another leaf!) but all of a sudden she was shaking her head violently and foaming at the mouth. I grabbed her and ran to the house giving her some water. She vomited but ate and drank and now seems fine. Of course, what would we do without the internet? I found this site and have now rinsed off her paws and face. She was chasing frogs/toads the other night and I didn’t think anything of it. Now I’ll be on frog/toad watch.

  • 64. Julie  |  September 7th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I have a 2 yr old Boxer and a puppy Mini Schnauzer, the Boxer must eat a frog a day and I don’t know what to do. He comes in the house after 10 minutes out side foaming at the mouth and I know it can’t be good for him. Last night he had one hanging out his mouth and after I screamed at him and told him bad dog no frog he dropped it. If you know what to do to get rid of the frogs please help!

  • 65. BriannaMejias  |  September 22nd, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I am sorry to report that my 7 pound, 4 year old yorkie just passed away today. She was in our yard early this morning and got a hold of a toad. Chewed it up. Within minutes Lola was foaming at the mouth and soon was in a full blown seizure. I grabbed her and rinsed her mouth out as much as I could considering that her jaw was almost completely locked by that point. I ran in the house and grabbed my car keys and rushed to the animal hospital. I believe she passed in the car.

    This all happened in less than 30 minutes !!! We live in South Florida and these toads are extremely dangerous.
    Many dogs pass in this manner. Please be careful.

  • 66. Kathy  |  September 24th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I just lost my 11 year old Jack Russell day before yesterday. I found him floating in our pond here in West Palm Beach, FL. I’ve been trying to figure out what or how this happened to him as he was a great swimmer. In trying to figure out how he died, my husband thought about the frogs around here, so I did a goggle search and I found this site. After reading some of the comments posted by some of the writer’s about their dogs mouth being clinched thightly shut, I began to make peace in my brain with his death. Buster was doing just what Jack Russell’s do and that was hunt. He had tangled with those bufo frogs before and I did just that, washed his mouth out, however I didn’t know about the no eating afterwards part. For Jack Russell’s to be so smart, you would think that they would learn that messing with one of those jumping prey would leave a bad taste in your mouth, literally. My only quandry is why was there no water in his lungs and only blood was coming out with each compression I made when I tried to resuscitate my little Buster. I called several vet’s and only one said that rat posion was the only thing she knew of that would bring on bleeding into the lungs so quickly, of which I assured her that as far as I knew that was not the case, or not from my property for sure. And the vet said that the trama/shock of dying could cause the blood to leak in the lungs. But, I’m trying to make peace with his death within myself and I surmise that Buster did capture his prey, the bufo, went to the pond to drink and was dying before he hit the water, how horrible that must have been and I wasn’t there to save him this time. The fact that the vet said that rat posion would bring on the bleeding, I’m only guessing that bufo frog toxin is also a posion and would do the same thing. I did plan on calling this vet back to ask about that possibilty, but I also think that it makes me feel better to think that Buster was doing would he loved to do and that was hunting down and killing lizzards, snakes and sometimes these frogs, just this time, one of them got him. I haven’t found the dead frog as of yet, but if Buster had him at the water’s edge and the frog went into the water, that frog is a gonner anyway as the fish would have had a field day. I don’t know how fish can eat one of those bufo frogs and not die themselves. But I’ve seen frogs go into the pond and never see any fish floating, so go figure.
    I thank you for this web site as it is informitive, and it is also helping me though my greiving process by talking about it with others who have lost there dogs! THANKS!

  • 67. Jim  |  September 24th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks so much for this posting. You helped me save my two German Shorthair Pointer! Both dogs were playing roughly with a black object for a few minutes. When I looked ot see what it was, I was shocked-A huge toad. Both started foaming at the mouth andf pawing their mouths. I got on the internet immediately and follwoed your directions. At first, they hated the water flush, but seemed to feel relief after about a minute. SO DON’T GIVE UP! I called my Vet’s emergency line and was told that if after 10 minutes they are without symptoms, then, there is no need for emergency treatment. THANKS!!!

    Now, how do I keep these things out of my yard??? Any help will be appeciated!!

  • 68. John Peek  |  October 4th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Our little pomeranian must have gotten ahold of a Bufo frog last night or early morning. We rushed her to the vet they put an IV on her and after a few hours she was able stand. It has now been aprox 12 hrs since we discovered her in her cage and 7 hrs since coming home from the vet. She is still real groggy and sometimes non responsive, is there anthing else we can do to help her through this.


  • 69. steven Shapiro  |  October 6th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    2yr old jack russell just got a buffo and I washed its mouth out with water. scary seeing your dog foam at the mouth and shake its head. I hope I got it in time. As for taking him to the vet , I think I’ll wait.

  • 70. Patricia Mc Laughlin  |  October 8th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my…just saw one of these toads last night and both myself and my dog jumped when he crossed our paths. I was unaware of how dangerous they are until I went back inside my apartment and told my roomate what happened. Thank you so much for this information

  • 71. kellie  |  October 23rd, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    thanks so much my dog bite a toad and i rnsed her mouth out
    also another tip is give ur dog a bath that seemed to help my dog

  • 72. Jean Marie  |  October 26th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I’m writing from Rome, Italy, and I’m just living terrifying hours.
    This afternoon, at 06pm, my 3 years old jack russel has bitten a big bufo toad in the garden.
    She starts foaming at mouth, having tremours, dilated eyes and alterated perceptions, so, knowing the hallucinatories properties of toad secrection, I washed her mouth with water, while my wife was trying to contact a vet.
    At 07pm, in order to reduce the possibility of seizures, the vet made her a drip adding a strong tranquillizer.
    Jack russels are unquiet dogs and once returned back home, as usual, she starts running in the garden looking for something to catch.
    At 11pm, when I thought that she was fine, she runs in hells, seemed not to recognize me, having some troubles to stand up too.
    Immediately I go back to vet, but he said that it’s almost normal, due to toxic alkaloids effects -in confidence he told me that this was his first case of toad poisoning-.
    Now, at 02 am, I’m watching worried at my dog looking for the best.
    But I really don’t know what to think…

  • 73. Shiba Inu puppies  |  November 24th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    thanks for sharing this tip! but if you ask me, if my Shiba Inu bites a toad, I’ll tell my mother-in-law to bite back! HAHAHAHAHAH!!! LOL!!!!!

  • 74. Maylin Torres  |  December 3rd, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Last night, my 3 year old yorkie, Baby, passed away to a Bufo. I live in Florida and frogs are always in season here. Me and my grandma would always make sure that before it turned dark we would bring him and Lily, our 6 month old yorkie inside. We barely have any grass outside in the backyard. My grandma would go frog hunitng every morning and night in order to get rid of any intruders. Yet, last night we decided to leave them outside for a bit longer. They didn’t want to come inside yet and they were playing happily. About 15 minutes later when my grandma called them in, Baby did not come to the door. When she went looking for him she found him on the floor collapsed. She called out to my mom, who then called out to me to call the vet. He was foaming at the mouth, pupils dialated, and barely moving. While I was calling the emergency hospital my grandmother tried giving him milk. He barely moved his paw and rolled his eyes back. On the way to the hospital he stopped breathing half way there. I wish I would have known what I know now from this website. I feel so alone with out my Baby. He was everything to me…

  • 75. Rana  |  January 13th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    last night four of my five dogs got at a frog/toad. by the time they were discovered their jaws had already started to lock. luckily three were saved by washing their mouths out, inducing vomiting by putting salt in their mouths and then administering charcoal tablets which helps with the poison. Unfortunately the fourth dog, my Teddy, when found had already started having seizures and all attempts to do the above had no effect, it was too late and he died. i’m still distraught over the incident..he was the sweetest dog ever. but i hope the tips on using salt and charcoal tablets(obtained from our vet!) come in handy.

  • 76. Cris  |  February 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for all the info. It has been a lot of help to us and our 11 week old Bullmastiff. Condolences to those of you who have had a loss because of a toad/frog.

  • 77. justin  |  March 11th, 2009 at 6:44 am

    My dogs were playing around in the grass then i noticed one of them standing there looking at something when i went to look i noticed that it was a cane toad which had white stuff coming out of its back.
    I quickly took my dogs inside at noticed one of them foaming from the mouth i quickly rinsed her mouth out and followed it up with another rinse out and havent seen any other symptons sinse.
    So hopefully they both will be okay

  • 78. leona taylor  |  March 29th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    thinks alot my pitbull bite into a toad and because fo your site it saved him. he did it on sunday and we can not afford a vet. YOUR SITE HELP THANK YOU!!!1

  • 79. maggie bowers  |  March 31st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    at 10.30 tonight my dog out in the garden and it wash only when i took out the rubbish i saw him chasing a frog immediately he started foaming at the mouth, i didnt no what to do,my first reaction was to rinse his mouth but his jaws were shut tight. i then thought of giving him milk,he drank 2 bowls full which fter he was sick a small amount,i didnt no what 2 do,i came on the net and looked it up then panicked,i did not no frogs were poisonous,i called the local vets who were obviously shut hoping to get an emergency number,i did but the emergency vet on call are 20 miles away,after speaking to them and telling them my dogs symptoms i was told just to watch him over night,god i hope he is ok!if anything happens to him my kids and i will be devastated he is not just a dog he is like a baby.we love him sooooooooooo much.anyway i have given him a bath and tryed to clean out his mouth but he wouldnt let me! i hope he is ok,i am at work in the morning but,it looks like its gonna be a longgggggg night im not leaving him bless him.

  • 80. Rodney Polk  |  April 1st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Greetings from the Treasure Coast. (Martin County) Fl.
    After taking my jonah to the emergency vet a couple of days
    ago, they told me to not use a water hose or sink.
    The toxins from the frogs have an oily base to it.
    They suggested to use a wet cloth and wipe mouth out
    very good, repeating this with fresh wet clothes. I guess
    this only works if you find them befor there mouth is clinched. Praising God for jonah still being with us,
    for this was the second time this has happened.
    First time was in day time after sprinkler was on and my
    vet was open.. Hope this helps you all.

  • 81. Vonnie Hudson  |  April 3rd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    My dog, Little Missy , is a half miniature rat terrier and half miniature daschund. She was playing with a toad, I did not know they were poisonious, and started foaming at the mouth. I quickly rinsed out her mouth and thought she would be ok. I fed her some dog treats hoping to dilute the poisin or whatever. She vomited all over the house about 10 minutes later. I called the vet but it is after hours and I can’t afford what they want. found this site and immediately gave her a bath and cleaned out her mouth. She is laying down hasn’t vomited again but is listless. I am watching her carefully and trying to get her to drink water. Praying she is goin to be ok. THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE!!

  • 82. Vonnie Hudson  |  April 3rd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    i am in Southern Oklahoma

  • 83. bryce  |  April 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    my dog bit a toad about 10 minutes ago and i found this website and followed the steps still waiting to see if my dog is ok

  • 84. bryce  |  April 25th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    my dog is ok now but he is still looking for the toad

  • 85. emma  |  April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I have had a lot of dog vs toads encounters and always grab the hose and wash the mouth from the side, not down the throat and they are usually fine. Have had to vet a couple times. The best way to get rid of the bufo toads is get a small pump up sprayer that you can hold in one hand. They sell them as Lowes or Home Depot for around $8.00. Fill them with about half amonea and half water. Maybe a little stronger. I got a head lamp like hunters use and put it around the sprayer and line the light up with the nozzle. Go out after dark, thats when you can usually find a lot of them, turn on your light and start spraying toads. They die within a couple minutes. We also carry a bucket and shoven and pick them up after we spray them and throw them away asap as they will smell terrible with 2 days. Good luck hunting.

  • 86. jael  |  May 3rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    my jack russel bit a toad today and flipped it up in the air twice!! afterwards she flipped her head around a bunch and started foaming IT Was SO SCARY! so i washed her mouth and wiped it with a cloth… she seems okay right now so I will watch for any vomitting sezures of any sort.
    THANKs every1

  • 87. tonya  |  May 14th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Last Thursday my dog was playing with a frog. He started foaming at he mouth and making a horrible cough/sneeze sound. His eyes turned very red. I washed out his mouth and he seemed to be ok. But the next day he was still making the cough sound, alot. We called the vet and they told us it was an allergic reaction. He has not wanted to eat or drink much and he now seems to be dry heaving. We are giving he pedialyate. From what I have read most dogs quickly after contact with this posion. His heartrate is fine. He has had some vomiting and loose stools. Any advice? Should he still be sick and why a week later. Vet said they can test his blood to see if it is in the blood stream, but that is about all they can do now. Has anyone experienced side effects lasting this long. He is weak but still very attentive.

  • 88. tonya  |  May 14th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I need help

  • 89. sally jennings  |  May 14th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    wished i would have known the symptoms, my 10 years old jack/chi mix hunny was a sweet, smart pup, i saw here keep drinking water and licking around the drain pipe, three days later she died(yesterday actually), it didn’t accure to me until lastnight when i saw my year old chiweenie do the same thing, then looked and there was a bull frog, well, tonight he got one, dragged it out on the grass so i quickly did what it says to do here.
    please, anyone who sees frogs in your yard, try to find a way to get rid of them, they are very dangerous!

  • 90. sally jennings  |  May 14th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    my dad was sick i want to say any where from three to fivre days, he isn’t very well so i didn’t think too much about it and i just now see that it might have been a toad so i am calling the vet tomorrow, whatever it was the vet said she ate something that poisoned her, and our dogs eat the same thing, until i saw the toad, it didn’t accure to me.
    just watch the dog, mine was acting the same, she didn’t eat for three or 4 days, just had alot of throwing up, even water, she couldn’t keep anything down.
    good luck

  • 91. gusalva  |  May 21st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Use ‘Benadryl ‘ antihistamine type capsules after a thorough mouth flush, be forceful, quick and determined to save your pet. Buffo frogs come out not only at night and not just after a rain. Our dogs find them just laying flat on the damp ground by smell and these frogs blend in with the surroundings. We cannot avoid them. When your dog bites or licks one of these monsters, we must quickly place a water hose into the dog’s mouth sideways, not straight in and flush their mouths forcibly and immediately; allowing them to close their teeth into the nozzle, not your fingers and the actual total water flushing time must go for about 4 or 5 full minutes. Flush on and off to allow the dog to breathe in between flushes. Then find a drinking straw and place one ‘Benadryl’ antihistamine capsule inside it and insert into your dog’s mouth, and now actually blow the capsule into the dog’s mouth ( with everything wet and sticking together and the dog confused, you don’t want to put your fingers into those teeth) and repeat 3 times for a German Shepperd. ( Use less for a smaller dog ) . Do not feed the dog for several hours. Burned toast would absorb some more toxins from the stomach and keep it calm and quiet so your dog cannot fall over or get hurt with it’s uncontrolable movements. Act quickly and be forceful, your pet is in panic and hallucinating. You can help him or her better than driving to a veterinarian. The muzzle on the mouth idea on rainy days may also be helpful in minimizing contact as would be a long leash to prevent your pet from searching a large area. Good luck and kill those frogs before they kill your irreplaceable loving companion !! Gus.

  • 92. scott  |  May 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    i think your dog would have to consume a lot of toad toxins, or be a small dog to go into a seizure or suffer severe damage.

    I have a 60 lb dog that has eaten these toads, and sometimes catches and licks them for a while before anyone notices. I think the dogs probably feel high from the toxins and like doing it, but I stop them whenever I can.

    Take the hose or your faucet and rinse out the dogs mouth and it will be fine!

  • 93. wendy  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I live in St. Louis, MO. I’d been seeing a “frog” in my yard for about a week. My dogs were highly interested, and I kept saving the “frog” by moving it out of the yard.

    Last night, they found him again, and apparently my beagle had him in her mouth for a brief period, or maybe he squirted the poison. I saw her pawing her mouth and acting like she was trying to spit something out.

    On a whim, I used Google and found this page. I had NO IDEA that it was actually a toad and very dangerous! After I read everything here, I wiped out her mouth with a wet towel and washed both dogs’ feet. My beagle was exhibiting no symptoms after the initial pawing/spitting, thankfully.

    I’m going out tonight to try and find the toad and get him out of my yard permanently. I can’t kill anything bigger than a bug, so I’ll take him for a drive down to the creek to be with his buddies.

    THANKS for this website! I’ve posted on a few forums that I frequent about this, and so far one person has responded back that her dog died this way :( She lives in Mississippi.

  • 94. Cindy  |  May 27th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Over the past week, my dog has had 3 seizures. I know for a fact that twice he had gotten ahold of a toad. I took him to the vet yesterday and she said that she didn’t think Missouri had toads toxic enough to send a dog into seizures. But she also said that toxic toads & frogs were only found in Central and South America. Obviously this is not the case. Does anyone know if toads found in east central Missouri have these toxins? We live just south of St. Louis and the dog in question is a long-haired miniature dachshund.

    He did not vomit nor have diarrhea but all of the other symptoms are identical. I have been going outside with him to ensure that he stays away from the toads & frogs and so far he has had no further incident. I really don’t want him to be put on seizure medicine because there are so many side effects. Any valid info on Missouri toads/frogs would be greatly appreciated.

  • 95. Jim  |  May 30th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Buffo frogs have been eating my dog’s food lately(she’s an outdoor dog). She has yet to bite one, just barks a lot.
    Let’s just say my archery practice took a new direction and the frogs, at least for now, won’t be bothering her food.

  • 96. Melinda  |  June 4th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Hey guys!!! Wow I just got back from walking my two Min Pins when my oldest one out of know where maneged to get a frog!!! i was about too die.. hes mouth started foaming on the spot!!!! I ran home and rinsed out his mouth !!! and took him a shower… i went on line and found this website… hes not showing anymore symptoms… ive been rinsing his mouth atleast 3 times already…. If syptoms accure im definetly taking him to the vet… thanks everyone!!!

  • 97. Billy Newmyer  |  June 10th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I’m sitting here in the coastal mountains of southwestern Costa Rica and am finally breathing a sigh of relief. I just brought my pups down here to live with me only 9 days ago (large Yorkie and Silkie terriers) and really wasn’t too thrilled about the prospect of doing this due to the numerous poisonous snakes and the Cane Toads. And sure enough, on our morning walk this morning my Yorkie boy Taylor ran off into the grass after something. I forcefully called for him to return but not before he yelped due to his encounter with something. He did come right back up but was already working his mouth. Within less than a minute he was starting to foam and I immediately knew (from talking to a neighbor) that he’d probably had an encounter with a Cane Toad (called a Sapo down here). Unfortunately I didn’t know what to do, but it did know that it could kill a small dog (I later heard from a local vet that their poison can kill even a large dog). I ran to my cabina and tried to log onto the internet to look-up treatment and the internet was down! Crap!!! I ran him over to the faucet and decided to try to get as much of the poison out of his mouth as I could. I so glad my intuition took over, especially after now reading this site and a couple of others. Even after flushing him out, he was having extreme difficulty which was only getting worse. I laid him on the floor and tried to comfort him as he lost his bowel control, lost his urine, threw up for the fourth time a frothy nasty mixture, and went into seizures. This all happened within 10 minutes of contacting the toad!! I was beside myself and praying fervently for him to hang on, but with the intensity of the seizures and his little body going into a sort of rogormortis (sp?), I really thought I was moments away from losing him. The reaction his tiny body was having was just so intense. Before trying to get on the internet, I’d called and left a message with a local friend. She called back when I felt that Taylor was close to gone and told me to get him down to her farm immediately and that she had already summoned the vet into his office (a 45 minute drive away; it was not yet 6:00 in the morning). I carried Taylor into the car and headed rapidly down the hill. His seizing was lightening up, but was just limp on the floor. I picked up my neighbor and continued toward town. And slowly but surely he started to calm and the muscles of his body started to loosen. He tried occasionally to stand up, but would fall back down. By the time we got to the vets he was doing better, but was still in tough shape. He’s there now (this is being written 5 hours after the incident), recovering but still a bit unsteady, being monitored for the rest of the day. The vet said he thinks he should recover, but he wants to monitor him for a few more hours. Oh my god, was that so scary and such a close call. I’ve had my boy for 9 years now and I’m not yet ready for us to part.
    Take these toads VERY seriously. Our dogs can be so curious, and these toads are such a threat to beloveds lives.
    Final note … It really does feel that my deep connection with my boy and my fervant prayers are what brought him through this. Thank you Spirit, thank you God.

  • 98. Billy Newmyer  |  June 12th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Follow-up to my last post on June 12….
    Taylor is now finally back to 100%, but not with out a few more scares. Five times over the past 2+ days he’s had seizures which I’m assuming are a result of the residual poison in his system. The first three were short (3 to 4 minutes), but really scary with some mouth frothing, loss of bladder control, loss of muscle coordination and severe muscle contractions. The fourth had all the same symptoms, but was 50% less severe. The fifth was just the initial quivering and some mouth frothing. It’s now been 13 hours since the last minor one and I think he’s out of trouble completely at this point. The vet said that he would possibly still show symptoms of the poisoning for the following 2 to 3 days, but I figured it would be just a little trouble walking or something fairly minor like that, not a shorter version replay of the initial reaction! Nasty nasty toads!!!

  • 99. Paige  |  June 12th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    i’m glad to have found your post. even though its old its still very relevant. my mini dapple dachshund came in from doing her business in the backyard yesterday just foaming and i had no idea what happened. i just rinsed her mouth and let her rest and watched her. she seemed fine shortly afterwards. today coming home from the store with my husband we saw a frog in the driveway and i just thought to google “dog licks frog” and came upon your article.

    she must have had very little contact as she only had foaming. i will now definitely try the wire mesh around our fence to prevent them from coming back.

  • 100. paddy k  |  June 13th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    hello everyone xD im from the uk

    This morning at about 4.30am i went to make myself a drink and let the dog i made my drink an stood at the door watching him..

    my dogs a Border Collie so hes not really very big..

    he likes to dig holes i seen him with his head right inside a hole that hes dug and pulled back his head really fast with a toad in his mouth within seconds my dog spat it out and started foaming at the mouth!!

    i didnt think nothing of it..
    i thought ahh its only a frog so i was telling him to go get it and bring it to me…
    so after about 10 mins of letting my dog chew it up spit it out and play with it until it was almost dead!!

    he started foaming twice as bad and i started to think wtf is wrong here..
    so i slapped some milk in a bowl and let him drink it wiped his mouth with some kitchen towel and come upstairs and thought id internet the problem…

    OMFG.. THANK YOU.. for this page lol
    after reading they can really mess up my dog..
    i went down and sat with him for 5 mins got a wet cloth and wiped his gums down..
    the foam stopped but hes acting like hes on speed hes running around my kitchen like hes on fire lol

    but hes fine i think…i left him in the garden cause he was shaking his head so much foam was going up the walls and all over me but hes ok i think
    i killed the frog/toad…anyone who thinks that was the wrong thing to do can stfu cause it could of killed him..

    it was to much of a close call for me so thank you everyone who has replied to this thread an info u have given..

    My mission now is if i see a toad its gona get a nice view of the bottom of my shoe just before i stomp it into the ground

  • 101. paddy k  |  June 13th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    oh yea sorry date is like 11 or 12 of june 2009

  • 102. paddy k  |  June 13th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    lmfao sorry for the 3 posts idk how to edit…i just noticed the date lol on top of my thread

    sorry and thank you thank you thank you xD

  • 103. jim  |  June 13th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    i live in panama city florida my 4 yr old lab has been chewing on these toads since we moved here 6 mo ago. untill tonight there has been no damage. about 2 hr ago she started frothing vomiting and loosing her bowels. i had no idea what it was so i started looking up the symptoms and it took me here. thanks for the advice. i have been wiping her mouth out for an houre and she is starting to look better. if anyone has another good remidy i would really apreciate it.

    p.s. i am going toad hunting!!!

  • 104. jim  |  June 13th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    ok, it has been a while since my last post. my dog is doing much better. i cant say the same for the 7 toads that i found in my back yard.

  • 105. shawne whelan  |  June 15th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    OK this horrifying event took place for me and my 7 mo old french bulldog, Wednesday, last night. normally she is great about going outside to go potty and she’ll occasionally run around chasing frogs if they happen to be out and about so when she doesnt come back immediately i know i need to go pull her away from harassing some poor amphibian. Well last night was no different. She was barking at her water bowl, our other two dogs were with her just yapping away and as soon as i walk up i see something i had never seen before. In mid bark the frog jumped at her, crazy right, but seriously the frog jumped at her face and instantly, foam. Mountains of foam pouring out of my tiny baby’s mouth. She instantly threw up, head shaking ensues and so do my tears. I freaked. She refused to open her mouth so i could not after 20 minutes of trying, rinse out her mouth. I grabbed a handful of towels, dipped them into a bowl of water and finally relief, she would lick the towel. So we carried on with the towel licking for another 20 minutes making sure that with every few licks i offered her a new fresh clean section of towel so as not to redistribute toxins. She walked around in a bit of a daze shook her head a few times and then fell asleep. She fell right into a deep sleep, i tried to keep her awake, i was afraid she was going to die in our bed. I got her up long enough to take a few sips of water and then right back to sleep she went. I stayed up with her almost all night to monitor her breathing and thankfully she seems to be ok. She was up chewing on a plastic hanger this morning, not something i would let her do normally but i am just so glad she wants to even open her little mouth to chew on anything that i was glad to let her take a nibble.

    Thank you so much for this site! I dont know what i would have done without it!!!

  • 106. Jennifer Ramos  |  June 20th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    My Shiba Inu “SIMBA” tried to eat a toad about an hour ago. He immediately started foaming and having breathing trouble and pawing at his face. I brought him inside and immediately flushed his face and paws. I didn’t know there were toads like that around where I live. I was so scared.. the articles on this site helped so much… he is resting now but I am still scared that later on something will happen. Are they usually ok once the foaming symptoms are gone? please someone write back cause I am so scared.
    Claremont, NC

  • 107. Jennifer Ramos  |  June 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Can the toxins affect humans. after my shiba calmed down my son was all over him kissing him and stuff. he was traumatized along with the rest of us. He is fine but I am concerned since they are in my yard can they be poisonous to humans.

  • 108. Ina  |  July 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    My dog got squirt by a toad in our front yard. We live in Laredo Tx, very south of Texas farther than Houston. I cannont find in the internet if they are deadly or not. He seemed paralized at first and just leaned towards his right side, he seems to be getting better, but is he really or is he going to die. My dog is a yorkie about 5 years old.

  • 109. Denise  |  July 16th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    My 11 year old cocker spaniel just passed away. Her name was Thumbelina, SHE WAS FOUND LYING DEAD NEXT TO ONE OF THESE KILLERS. she was the sweetest dog. We really loved her. She had just gotten major surgery for 2 tumors around her abdomen about a month ago and what kills me is that she died of poison from one of these deadly beasts!
    We live in Arizona, its 105 degrees out here. THese frogs should all be exterminated! RIP THUMBELINA! WE WILL MISS YOU.

  • 110. AngelDays  |  July 21st, 2009 at 12:27 am

    This site also helped me know what to do for my rat terrier who loves to play doggie Russian roullete with the bufo frogs here in Miami, FL. If it was not for the fact that we were able to totally rinse out her mouth and not give her oil or any other liquid to swallow, she would have died in my arms. Not to mention that after reding that if the dog starts to sieze to take it straight to the vet, I went straight to the yellow pages and found a 24hr vet since this happened almost at 9PM on a Monday. Thank you!!!!

  • 111. Barbara Bennett  |  July 29th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for the article and all the submissions. My year old Golden has been trying to catch this toad for weeks. I live in Florida and the rainy season brings them out. I always look out for them in my backyard, but tonight I didn’t see it until it was too late. Max grabbed the toad and ran toward the grass with it. He then spit it out and began the foaming and drooling symptoms. Thanks to everyone’s help, I was able to wash his mouth and paws with a wet cloth. He was too hyper for a hose! He is now resting comfortably. I, on the other hand, will have a very restless night – watching over him.

  • 112. Meilin  |  July 30th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Oh, I hope i found this earlier ^_^ but now it’s too late..

    My mother saw my dog ate a frog . But then we never thought that he could be poisoned :-( We didn’t do anything. And then a day after that. he start vomiting. Now he never wants to eat . ALmost three days now and he still dont want to eat. He only keep drinking . And is always laying down. I can’t bring him to vet. coz theres no vet near us :-( (…I think he will die soon. It’s breaking my heart

  • 113. Billy Newmyer  |  July 31st, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Follow-up to an episode my Yorkie boy had in Costa Rica last month …. A number of people down here have said then when their dogs get into a Cane Toad / Bufo / Sapo, they IMMEDIATELY wipe out the dog’s mouth with LIME JUICE, not water. The lime juice help to not only wash some of the poison out, but it also helps to neutralize the poison. So, if you live in an area with these toads, TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Have some limes or lime juice handy so that you can take immediate action. It may save your loved one’s life.
    Also, to the lady who could not get her dog’s mouth open to swab out the gums and tongue, push and pry in there as hard as you can! FORCE him or her open up so that you can swab the mouth out!

  • 114. Daniel Perez  |  August 3rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you so much for this info. My dad caught my mutt of a dog right after he had bitten some sort of frog just now. When he yelled for me from the yard and asked me to run a search for “Dog” and “Toad Toxin” i paniced and thought of the worst. This was the first page that came up and thanked God for what i found. My dog is fine now, still a little worked up from seeing his owner and his father freak but he’s now laying down and rolling on the carpet like he always does. He will go to the vet tomorrow because it’s to late at night right now. Thank you, THANK YOU! So much. God Bless.

  • 115. Gretta Brannigan  |  August 5th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I have two dogs, an American Bulldog and Pomeranian, and both have had encounters with something during the past two months, that caused hind leg discoordination, stumbling and dazed looking facial expressions. I am convinced after reading this column that they both encountered a Southern Toad. I had seen this toad in my courtyard, however, not knowing it was poisonous, I didn’t bother it. However, I don’t think my dogs left it undisturbed. Last week, my smaller dog had the same symptoms as my larger bulldog had a month earlier! They both are recovered. As for the toad, it will soon find a new home.

  • 116. Daniel Buisson  |  August 8th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Thank you very much for putting this on the web. I punched in “if dog bites toad” and this came up.
    This is truely and excellent site and should be distributed to dog owners that live in the South.
    I have known about the Bufo toad since I was a kid (30yrs ago)… And this am was having my coffee as my dogs went to a corner where there was a big toad. They did not seem to want to grab it. I was observing them because I wanted to see if they would avoid it. Then stupid me, instead of putting my dogs up first… I went over to grab the toad and throw him out of the yard. But Marco got excited and grabbed him as I made my move.
    I flipped out, and slapped him it the head, and he dropped it. I went to a bucked that had rain water (thank god it was right there) and furiously started scooping water into his mouth as I turned his head down, so the water would run out. I put him in the house. He was foaming and shaking his head some. I rinsed his mouth out, and then could not get him near a hose. He stopped salvating and foaming. He is not showing any symptoms and I have him next to me. Thanfully after my stupid a*** move, I got the toad out of his mouth and instictively rinsed his mouth out figuring the poison must be water soluble. After all this I found this site, and along with being relieved and finding out I did the right thing- I also saved a trip to the pet ER. Im keeping an eye on him.
    Whoever you are, THANK YOU, this is what love is all about. Helping one another, and we all have dogs that we love, and sharing this was extremely geneous of you.

  • 117. G. M. Hiner  |  August 9th, 2009 at 4:35 am

    After putting my dogs into their fenced yard, I left to go to do something. When I came back , the boy dog was waiting at the gate and the girl puppy was at the back of yard. I called but she didn’t come to me. Something had her attention. I realized she was playing with a big fat toad and I was in a panic as I screamed at her to get away from the toad. Immediately I grab her and took both dogs into the house. She was licking at her mouth and I thought she had licked the damned thing. I got a wet face towel and started to wash away the toxins inside her mouth and teeth. Not to sure what to do next, I screamed at my husband to help and all he did was talk to her. wow. So I took her into the bathroom and rinsed her mouth with the handheld shower nozzle and rinsed her mouth as well as I could. What I found out later through this website was I did do the right thing .However I didn’t do it for 3-5 minutes. She is asleep now and I am watching her for signs of toxin but none have showed up. Maybe she didn’t lick the toad but I am scared that she might have. I didn’t wash her paws and am wondering if I should when she is sleeping. Thank you nonetheless for your information. From now on she will not be loose in the backyard at night. I can only hope I caught her in time and hope she will be all right

  • 118. Janet  |  August 13th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    This morning Sammie my 8 yr old mixed bit into a toad. Within minutes she was on the floor having convulsions and seizures. I got her to the vet in time. She had to be given oxygen. It was horrific to see the condition she was in. For awhile it was touch and go. I brought her home this evening and she is doing fine. I have to keep an eye on her. I am taking your idea of the wire around the fence and using it. I am getting rid of my plants and mulch. I would rather have rocks and cement then to go through what I went through today.

  • 119. Susan  |  August 16th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Recently, it seems my backyard has been overwhelmed by tiny toads. My dog Grace, a 6y/o lab/pit mix is obsessive over them. She watches them from the back door and whines. When I let her out, she goes right in the direction of where she’s been watching the toad. Fortunately, she has yet to eat one. However, just in case she does catch one, I wanted to know what signs to look for and what action to take. Thank you very much for putting up this post. It will be very helpful to me should she actually catch one.

  • 120. Stephanie  |  August 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for this article!
    My 3 year old cockapoo licked a toad in the backyard last night. He immediately spit and my father rinsed his mouth out with water from the hose and wiped his paws. His jaw was starting to clench, his pupils were dilated, he would walk in circles-disoriented, his back legs were paralyzed, and he started trembling. His heart rate accelerated as well. My parents continued to wash his mouth out and forced him to swallow water even if he choked (they were unsure of what else to do). He would get dizzy and wouldn’t pay attention when you talked to him. They continued to give him water and keep him conscious. More than an hour later after tons of water and even some Pepto Bismol he started to revive and act like his old self.

    Definitely a terrible experience and we can’t wait to get ride of all the frogs and toads the South Florida rains have brought. We are not letting the dogs out unsupervised now. But thankfully I think Buster learned his lesson and he’s back to normal!

  • 121. Melinda  |  September 8th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I live in Missouri. Last night my mom’s 7 year old collie mix died. She threw up and fell over and had liquid coming out of her mouth around 3 a.m. They didn’t know what was wrong. My step-father even tried cpr. He is heartbroken. My mom told me there was a toad/frog in the backyard that my brother’s pit bull had in his mouth. She took it away from him…..he just threw up and is fine. It’s good to know what to do now…should another of our dogs get ahold of a toad.

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  • 123. Sharon  |  September 16th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    My MinPin-Schnauzer mix just had a toad run-in. As active as any Jack Russell, she gets into everything and chews up everything, even at 14 months old. She’s fast and wiley and it’s hard to keep up with her!

    I had her on her 100-ft. runner in the back yard and then my little chihuahua began barking and wouldn’t stop. So I went out on the deck and found “Putzy” with her front paws on the gate. She usually barks to let me know she wants back in, but she only had that ‘look’ on her face and she was foaming profusely at the mouth. I knew instantly she had bitten a toad. I rinsed her mouth off, put her down and came in here to look for info on the net. Reading your article, I immediately took her into the kitchen, grabbed the sink hose, put her under my left arm and used my fingers to separate her lips and a gentle stream (so as not to frighten her more) to flush as much of the poison out as I could. I did this for about 3 minutes, until I couldn’t feel any more slimey saliva. Of course, Putzy hated every second and fought me tooth and nail. But when I went to get a towel to dry her (and a soaked me!) off, she seemed fine. She did go upstairs to hide under our bed, which both dogs do when they are frightened or not feeling well. I will keep an eye on her for the next hour or so, but I think she’s fine. She came running down the stairs, barking, when the doorbell rang.

    My personal take on toads and our dogs is that each dog (like humans) is different and will have a different physical response to the toad toxin. For those of you here who have lost your dogs to a toad, please know that I feel your pain. Our pets are our family and the pain is no less hurtful when we lose one, especially to such a needless death. But your dog must have had a higher sensitivity to the toxins. Like some people never get poison ivy, but some people just have to be in the area to get a raging, air-borne case of an itchy, painful rash.

    I guess I say all that to this end – none of us ever really knows what will happen until it happens. Quick attention is most essential and each owner will have to make the instant decision of whether or not to get to the vet right away. But nothing substitutes keeping a close eye on our pets when they are outside. Don’t let your pet run free! A leash, a runner, a fence is imperitive! Even then, there’s no guarantee. Please keep an eye on them!

  • 124. Flahill  |  September 19th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Lots of post poisoning stories…….what does one do to prevent a dog from the frickin’ toads? 1″ or 1/2″ chicken wire?

  • 125. Miranda & Mia  |  September 20th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Tonight my three year old Shih-tzu just got a hold of a toad for the first time. I was out walking her on her leash when she saw one and started to go after it. I wouldn’t let her and tried to pull her away; anyway, she managed to dart to it and tried biting it. She instantly started shaking her head and was foaming at the mouth.

    I rushed her inside and started to wipe her mouth clean with paper towel. She wasn’t having any breathing problems (so it seemed), but I did pat her back while she was spitting up foam. I put her into the sink and rinsed and washed her face off with shampoo.

    She seems fine now! This happened over an hour ago. For safe measure, I put her back into the sing about 20 minutes ago and gave her another good rinsing on her mouth and front of her body. She’s sleeping up on the couch and breathing normally.

    Thank you for this article and all the others who have shared their stories. It seems like depending on the toad and the amount of poison ingested, the results can be mild (like with my dog) or very severe as some other stories have shared. Watch your dogs outside! Even dog’s who are always walked on leashes, like mine, can still get into trouble.

  • 126. Missouri Dog Lover, Frog/Toad Hater  |  September 27th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    We live in Southeast Missouri, and during our walk with our dogs in the park this morning (lots of acreage and trees, so we let them run off leash), our Australian shepard-mutt mix (80 lbs.), Otis, began tossing his head from side to side, slinging saliva every which way and running a little crazier than normal. We noticed him burying his head and wiping his face on tufts of grass and on his paws, and a strong stench emanated from him like rotten eggs. Indeed, he had a swipe of yellow covering one side of his face, but with goldenrod in season, I wondered if he’d wiped his face along the side of a stalk of yellow goldenrod. His muzzle stunk to high heaven and we could tell he was trying to get the taste out of his mouth.
    We took Otis down to the river in case he wanted to drink or rinse his mouth (right, dogs are so prone to gargling). No dice.
    We quickly ran him home and prayed our other dog (40 lbs.) wasn’t afflicted as well, but she seemed fine.
    We rinsed out Otis’s mouth and gave him a bath, concentrating on cleaning around his mouth. And we sprayed from the side of his mouth, not down his mouth. Then my husband called a nearby vet who surmised Otis had probably laid hold of a toad, and would probably be fine.
    He does seem to be OK. He just drank a lot of water and ate breakfast just fine (he’s a bit of a piggy when it comes to food, anyway). We’re keeping him under observation, my husband’s going back to the park to see if he can find a toad, and if there are any changes for the worse, I’ll report back here.
    Seriously, kudos for providing this blog entry, and kudos to everyone who provides information on their dog’s species & weight, their geographical location, and their experiences. (Condolences to all who have lost their sweet doggies.) Can’t believe I’ve never heard of the dangers of frogs and toads to animals before, but will spread the gospel among friends and acquaintances, certainly. Including the importance of keeping dogs on leashes so they can’t easily get into trouble.

  • 127. Juan Carlos  |  September 28th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Mi dog Amber was let along in the backyard and came back with the toxicity symptoms. After shaking and foaming for about one minute she was fine, just a little disoriented for a while. I live in Miami FL, please look out for these poisonous frogs in the yards. We have had a raining weather for the last 9 months and the frogs are all over. Just walk the dog on the leash to avoid any problems. A lot of water to rinse the mouth is the best advise to dilute the poison concentration. Be careful!
    Thanks for this blog!

  • 128. Elio Aranda  |  September 29th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I live in Miami, fl. My dog Cookie bit a young dead toad while my Mom was taking it for a walk. As soon as my Mother open the door to let Cookie out, the toad was laying two feet from the door. Cookie ran out, while on a leash, She still managed to bite the toad. She immediately began to foam and vomit. After a few minutes, she began to act a little spacey and it seemed she had a hard time swallowing. 60 minutes later, she seemed to be her grumpy self and protecting her bed and surroundings. I’m still watching her. Hope she turns out OK.

  • 129. Antwuanette  |  September 29th, 2009 at 9:19 am


    Today my German Shephard (candy) bit a frog this morning. I heard her barking so I went out to see whats going on. There it is a frog, I immdeiately noticed white foam around the mouth. I am shaking now I have heard what frogs can do. I grab her and rince her mouth with the water hose. I do this three times and immediately start calling family members with dogs. They all instructed to wash with water and watch her. 1hr later no shaking, seizures, diarhea or neuro symptoms at all. I am still watching her she is chasing birds and cars as normal. she ate and had no vomiting still watching.

  • 130. Sherry  |  October 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I have a 6 month old yorkie/min-pin mix and she is about 12 pounds.
    I live in Florida and we have frogs, many frogs.
    After reading this website I feel better because I don’t think she picked up a Bufo.
    I think she picked up one of those sticky tree frogs.
    I couldn’t see what type it was only that the legs were sticking out of her mouth and when I tried to get it she fights with me and swallows whatever she has in her mouth. It has been 2 hours now and nothing yet but I can’t sleep and I know I have a long night ahead of me because if anything happens I will just die. I did wash her mouth out to be safe and had to use my finger because she kept turning her head.
    I will stay positive that she will be alright. I love her so much. Say a prayer.

  • 131. Lys  |  November 1st, 2009 at 1:08 am

    It is 12 am, And we took our 1 yrs old golden out side where she found this frog. than she bit it. Foaming as fast as i can see. this saved her life. thank you so much. she is doing great now

  • 132. telise  |  November 5th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    for Lucky Lee

  • 133. nikki  |  November 6th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    iv recently moved to australia and my dogs arrived three days ago. they spent a long 7 months in quarentine. sonce we have moved itno our house we have seen one cane toad. but the last three nights we have now seen 3 cane toads, two in one night and one last night. my youngest jack russel is very inquisitive and she chased this toad around our patio. how can i stop her from chasing these frogs? we also found her growling at one that was in a bush and managed to get her away from it. we live in a rented home and we are not permitted to keep our pets inside. im thinking of putting them in the garage at night but i dont know what other sort of creatures are hiding in there. im not sure if my dogs will actually bite the toads but when the one we tried to catch last night got away she ran after it snapping! im petrified of loosing my dogs to these horrible toads and i dont know what to do!!!!!!

  • 134. Billy Birdwell  |  November 9th, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Man a day late…..My dog was just put to sleep with the same symptoms u guys tell about. The vet could not figure out what was wrong with her and unfortunately would not accept payments for the bill we was racking up. They tested for parvo, calcium deficiency (cause she had pups), and said to test for anti-freeze would be another 150 plus 600 to treat her with no promise she would make it and if it wasn’t that they would test for mastitis. They didn’t know or even try to rinse her mouth with water…..Told me the test they had already run (2) was already over 200 and I wouldn’t get my dog back till they was paid right then. Sorry *** money hungry ******** said my best bet was to put my best-friend of 5 years down and they wouldn’t charge me to do it right then. I had no other option after 10 minutes of begging to make weekly payments and them saying no. I’m not rich and by no means could I afford 600 right then and there I could if they took 100 weekly payments…no compassion for us that don’t have a nice car, well known friends, and a money tree. None the less I buried my best-friend and had I seen this site sooner I would be a lot happier…Thanks to the author and all that contributed their stories………. RIP Cloe 11-8-09

  • 135. Ronald/Angie  |  November 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Our 3 Pit Bulls ages 1 and 9 months were playing with a frog not sure of the type but never the less it was a frog
    They started to foam from the mouth we washed out their mouths with running water, which was not an easy task they seem to be ok now but we are still monitoring the
    ps we are writing to u from Trinidad & Tobago

  • 136. Nicole  |  December 19th, 2009 at 2:41 am

    our dachshund is notorious for licking toads our vet even said he was a “junkie” because he liked the high!! the best advice he gave me was to get a vet sponge and wipe the gums as this is where the toxic goes. we use a foam sponge and wipe the top and bottom gums and it works great..weve tried toad proofing our yard but we have cane toads in Australia (introduced to get rid of the cane beetles which didnt work) and they are EVERYWHERE!!. we have chickens and they eat the toads.they flip them on their back and eat the middle but leave the skin on their back. we let them roam free during the day and when it rains they even find the tadpoles in the pond.. Another tip.. if you have cocoa mulch in your garden get rid of it beacause it smells lovely to us and dogs but poisons them same symptoms as toad poisoning..

  • 137. Sarah  |  January 6th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    The site is amazing! It saved my 6 month old Staffy’s life. She had contacted the toad and I was only allerted becuase our older staffy kept barking at the back door to notify me. (he is such a great dog). I found this site and immediately tried to wash her mouth out.. It was very hard- her jaw had become clenched. It was gut wretching watching her flop about the yard and vomit. She was really drowsy for about 2 hours and at one stage I was really, really worried because when i was shaking her and calling her name and she wouldn’t wake up. She seems alot better now, but i will keep checking on her through out the night. Thank you all for your great advice and respect for one anothers much loved dogs.

  • 138. Stephanie  |  January 9th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    My 8 month old golden retirever JUST licked a frog several or 15 minutes ago. I noticed really fast because i was there with her. I took my sock and started wiping her mouth and got her water bowl and got a hanful of water and made her spit it back out. I gave her turkey bits afterwards and stopped. She acted like nothing ever happened which was a relief but I quickly went online and looked at websites. Shes sleeping now and Shes acting like nothing ever happened. Should i STILL be worried?
    Please reply,

    p.s. I am in virginia where the giant toad and the cane toad are NOT here. But there are bufo toads which is what she bit. Should i be worried?
    Check out this link for symptonts:

  • 139. AL  |  January 18th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    My 2years old Jack Russell bit a frog 2 days ago and started having difficulty breathing and couldn’t even stand up. We took her to the vet and brought her home after the doctor gave her a shot and medicine. She was resting at home when she suddenly yelped and collapsed, and looked so stiff we thought she was dead. Took her to the vet again and the doctor was asking us to prepare for the worst. The next day, she suddenly began to stand up and walk around and was even drinking water and eating food. Her sense of smell and hearing is doing ok, but is completely blind now. Anyone out there seeing the same thing? I need to help her regain her sight. It pains me to see her losing her sight.

  • 140. ayana  |  February 15th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    my 4 month year old puppy name max has eat a frog our toad it all started when we took him out he was not on leash and when i did not see him i saw him eating some thing and it was a frog or toad and the thing had green slim
    on it and i wonder if that green slim is dangerous or not and after that he started acting all strange and he is different i am scared it my baby going to make it

  • 141. jackie  |  February 21st, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I have a 1year old pekingese dog and he eats everything that moves or not he just eats everything. I have yanked dead frogs and dead lizards out of his mouth . Zeke this is my dog , hasn’t been able to walk now for a month is unable to get on his feet at all, he never showed any of the signs every one on hear talks about he’s always been so playful and crazy running around we never got any signs except he couldn’t stand up. sadly my dog didn’t learn nor did I until now that my dog is suffering again because of these frogs or toads and lizards. It took 3 months the last time to recover hopefully it won’t take that long this time.

  • 142. Larissa  |  February 21st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks so much for these tips, last night my gorgeous cockerspaniel caught a toad and when my parents found her she was on the ground not moving, my parents then found this website and washed her mouth out with water and now she is fine, that’s all thanks to you! thank you so so so so so so sooooo much!

  • 143. ang  |  March 28th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    mi perrita mordió un sapo de esos y esta muy mal con temblor y al principio salio corriendo como loca dando la vuelta a la casa sin parar y la llevamos al veterinario y la inyectaron 2 veces y me dijo que hay que darle leche con huevo sin la clara y aun esta muy triste mi perrita no se que hacer si esperar oh tendría que darle algo mas? :(

  • 144. Lara  |  April 1st, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    My 1 yr old Yorkie poked her head into a bush for a split second before I pulled her back. She was on her leash. Within seconds, she was frozen, paralyzed, and splayed out on the ground like a butterfly. Her eyes were rolled into the back of her head. I mean seconds. I saw the toad hop out and given the severity of the reaction, there was no time to try home remedies or rinse her mouth. I drove 80 m an hour, went through every red light and made it to the ER in less than 8 min.

    She nearly died, but she is okay now and ONLY because I drove like a lunatic. If it is very severe and quickly like this and you are near an ER (20 min or so), don’t bother with the water. There is not enough time as the toxin has already been absorbed. Just get in your car and drive like the devil.

    The vet told me that had I stopped even for a second or even maybe at a light, she would be dead.

    She spent the last 24 hours in the ER and is now home. I am still supposed to watch her for any signs. Some people have asked if they should watch their animal and for how long. My vet told me that even if symptoms stop and the dog appears okay, to keep an eye on them for a good day or even night. Then you can relax. If your dog seems better after a few min on its own without you having done anything, watch them for the rest of the night.


    PS for those who have lost pets, my heart goes out to you. I was in bad shape when I thought she would die.

  • 145. Jeniffer  |  April 5th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    My labrador Sammy, bit a toad and is fine i didn’t do anything because i didn’t know about the frog thing, but he’s fine but this article is very helpful.

  • 146. melissa  |  April 7th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    my ferret was in the grass playing when he found a toad and proceded to munch on it, i was horrified. i found ur article and rinsed out is mouth. i took him to the vet to find out that rinsing his mouth out most likley saved him from swallowing most of the poisin. he stayed over night and was ready to come home the next day. now i keep him in the house where i know hes safe. his name is pongo and if ur article wasnt here he wouldnt be alive. hes my baby and im greatfull u put this on here. ALL FERRET OWNERS: WATCH U FERRET CLOSLEY WHEN OUTSIDE!

    thanks so much

  • 147. susan  |  April 20th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    My 10 month old Papillon has had two enounters with a toad here in PA>the first was the worst not knowing to rinse his mouth.the treamors and his eyes closing rapid heartbeat threw up.I have a very good vet and they seemed sceptical.The second time i rushed him to a 24 hr clinic and I had rinsed his mouth by the time we were seen he was ok.I have a half an acre fenced for my dogs and am afraid to let them out unsupervised now.Watch your pets this is real even in Pa

  • 148. Veronica Pacificar  |  April 24th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you all from 2007! It is 2010 and the information and advice is being put to good use. My boxer tonight had a toad in her mouth and was very sick there for a while. But your advice years later was still the best!!
    Thank you all!

  • 149. Mary  |  May 14th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Last night my 2 year old Yorkie got hold of a frog. My daughter has always told me to rinse their mouth out with water three times and wash them from top to bottom because the poison from a frog will stay on the dog, and they woudl lick it. My Yorkie first started foaming from the mouth, and I ran to the hose. Put it in her mouth two times, and she started to throw up. I did it again. and she threw up more. Foam (poison) came out of her mouth. I than took her and gave her a bath and got water one more time in her mouth. She did not like that, was very tired, and would lay down and do nothing. Two hours later she had diarierra. I watched her for five hours before I went to bed and she was ok, gave her water to drink. My dog went through a great trauma, and so did I. Frogs are very dangerous to dogs.

    Thank you for listening to me.
    Mary M.

  • 150. Rebekah  |  May 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you so much! You saved our dog’s life today.

  • 151. Debbie  |  May 24th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I have a 2 year old Chaweenie ,ChiChi she loves getting toads , we though she was just getting excited when she would foam at the mouth until my brother from Florida said the toad was getting her high . Usually that’s all that happens my husband said she had another toad tonight and she started shaking like crazy so I started googling it all said southern USA , I’m just wondering if she had maybe gotten more of the poison tonight . She is fine now ,we never new to wash her mouth out or anything like I said we just thought she was getting excited since she was always fine after . We had a Manchester a few years back that I believe now was poisoned the same way , our Vet told us it was seizures he was having but he would have these symptoms at least once or twice a month . So happy i found this website .
    Thank you !
    Indian Lake ,Ohio

  • 152. judy  |  May 24th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    My 8 year old Jack Russell bit a frog approximately 2 hours ago. It is too late to take her to the Vet and I wish I had visited this site before then I could have probably help her by using the water. She was in alot of pain for the past 1 hour. It was horrible and I would not like to go through anything like that again. She is barely alive.

    West Indies

  • 153. Jeannie  |  May 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    This website keeps on giving. You saved me and my westies this morning. One of my males was trying to pick up a toad that was as big as my open hand. It was just as ugly as the one in your picture. Both of my boys were going after it, but only one was trying to pick the mammoth thing up in his mouth. I rinsed and ran inside to research this. Your site was the first to pop up. I went right back outside to see him frothing and his gums almost white. I carried him to the new hose I just bought (thank god I had one). I rinsed him thoroughly. He was fine for a while; gums were pink again. He started frothing again, so in the bathtub he went for a soapy rinse. I had to get the poison out of his fur. So far so good. This time he knew I was taking care of him and not torturing him with a hose! He is resting nicely on my pillow next to me. Thanks for such a helpful site. You rock!

  • 154. Charlotte  |  May 30th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    we were walking my border collie coby when he suddenly jerked over and began trying to cach the toad. 10 munutes later on the walk we washed his mouth out. he showed no symptoms after that. then we passed the same toad again and coby did the exact same thing. but when i took him to the water he did not want to wash out his mouth. 25 minutes later he began to gag. then I read this and washed out his mout with a hose. now coby is back to his curious self (-:

  • 155. Elizabeth  |  May 31st, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I live in Tampa, FL and today we had an encounter with one of these Bufo toads which was the size of a cantaloupe. Largest toad I had ever seen! We thought we had chased it out of the yard but 4 hours later after letting out 60lb Weimerainer outside we noticed she didn’t come when we called her…a minute later she came in with foam all in her mouth and I just knew it had to be the toad. So I wipe the foam off and tried getting her to drink but she wouldn’t so I put her in the bath and started washing her mouth and again tried getting her to drink.

    She seemed very strange and then vomited twice so I went online and found this site which told me to wash out her mouth with a hose which I did right away…after reading most of the comments and panicking I called three vets that indicated it may cost up to $600 for all the veterinary work. I figured she didn’t have all the other symptoms so I have just been monitoring her for the past 7 hours. She was sick for an hour and then laid down and just slept since then.

    I want to thank everyone for the comments and the finding this site it helped me figure out a few tricks to get the poison out of her mouth and what to look for. Never know how poisonous toads were to dogs but know I do and will be making sure all my friends with pets know as well. I will be sure to update you guys if she gets worse or has any other symptoms.

  • 156. colleen  |  May 31st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    thanks for the info. my 12 yr old dog just chased and caught a toad at the lake before i could get to her. she has all the symptoms you mentioned. thanks for posting this. it helped alot. hopefully she will be ok. thanks so much.

  • 157. Alwin  |  June 9th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    your websit was very helpful when my lab atacked a cane toad and went to seizure we rushed her to the vetim still waiting seeing it only happened moments ago…

  • 158. Donna  |  June 13th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    After much rain, we have little tiny toads all around our house. I am worried that my Rat Terrier, Abby, may have eaten one. She’s not been eating good lately, but has not been foaming at the mouth or had any seizures. Is it possible for her to eat one and be sick for a week? She has thrown up a mucus like substance. She seems to feel okay and comes running when I feed my other 3 dogs, but she won’t eat her food. I gave her some different food than normal or table food and she will eat that. I’m wondering now if she isn’t trying to fool me so I will give her table food. I don’t know what those tiny toads are, we live near a creek.

  • 159. Lizzy  |  June 17th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I live in Brownsville Texas – right on the southern tip – on the border with Mexico and tonight my Westie Lola, bit one of those Toads -( the photo seems quite similar to the toad she bit) and after two bites and my scream she started shaking her head over and over while foaming at the mouth. I immediatly rinsed her mouth water, she even bit my hand a little when I tried to open her clenched mouth. she vomited foam white substance once and after that she looks pretty normal. playing around and even wants to eat. I am hesitant to feed her since some of you recommend 24 hrs of only water. I dont want any poison still in her mouth to head over to her stomach – i was pretty scared! but am now a little relived to see that she acting pretty normal and not anything like some of the descriptions I read on the previous comments.

    Im sorry and send a hug and prayers to those of you who lost your dogs.

    I guess these Bufo toads have migrated all the way down here and dont doubt they are also in Mexico already.

  • 160. Patti  |  June 20th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I live in NH and my two jrt’s tangled with a frog/toad at 10 am this morning, frothed, drooled and vomited. – now 8 pm and they are o.k. – gave the younger one who seemed sicker a benadryl right away – did not know about flushing out their mouths – I can’t figure out where in the US these frogs live -does anyone know? – nor can I find out what we have here (NH).
    Thanks for thishelpful info site.

  • 161. Daniel  |  June 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 am

    i have 8 puppies they are 9 weeks old today. one the puppies ate a toad. when i found him he was shaking like he was cold, foaming out the mouth, and pooped on himself. as he was lying on the ground like he was paralyzed. living in south florida this is commin. i forced water down his throat and pumped his stomach about 6 times. i gave him a break to get a breath each time. finally i caused him to vomit. i gave him 2 table spoons of peroxide and held his body up with the front legs off the has been 4 hours since and he is starting to move around (very little). i hope he is better in the mourning. i know it sounds bad what i did to some people. but this isnt my 1st dog walk. u have a 50/50 chance the fatser u react the better the chance of survival. i hope this will help my dogs r colossal size pibulls and are for sale! contact me at [email protected].

  • 162. D. Crandall  |  July 4th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for the article, it really is a first-aid

  • 163. Linda  |  July 5th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    My black lab just had a toad reaction, I knew when he started to vomit and foam at the mouth what he had done. Your article was very helpful, it is 1:45am on July 4th/5th so no vet in the office. Back several years ago I almost lost my 10 year old chocolate lab to the same thing. I had no idea till the next morning what had caused him to vomit all night long every 20 minutes for the entire night. Next morning the vet told me to give him 5 (125mg) benadryl he was an 80lb. lab and as much water as I could get into him, he did get alright. He vomited for 28hours straight every 20 to 30 minutes, I thought I was going to loose him but he got alright. Thank you so much for the hint to spray a hose into his mouth, we just did that and things have calmed down. Linda in PA.

  • 164. Jessica  |  July 16th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    It seems to me that Jack Russell Terriers are too nosy for there own good. I read many stories on here about them and toads. Mine is no different. She just could not resist. She threw up once and I rinsed out her mouth. I am not letting her out of my site (she lays in my lap as I type). She seems to be ok… just slightly off… like she does not feel well. Gonna go to bed and see how the night goes.

  • 165. freddu  |  July 18th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    thanks for the tips but what if it was a dead dryed frog is it still harmful?

  • 166. lynn  |  July 21st, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    my boxer came in contact with a frog she was pawing at her mouth and rubbing on the grass i came in and rinsed her mouth she is drinking and eating should i be worried????

  • 167. Jennie  |  July 24th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    My 7 year old Doberman discover the toad this morning. After reading this I rinsed out her mouth and she seems to be doing fine. Which is good as it was 6:00 am on a Saturday Morning and my vet doesn’t open until 9:00… Thank you!

  • 168. RJ  |  August 9th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I have a pet daschund… you know daschunds are hyperactive.. and so is mine… so when she sees something moving, she quickly catches it and bites it. one time she bit a toad. i saw it and i quickly let her drink some water. her mouth was foaming and i was scared so i dipped her mouth into a water to let her drink some.. unfortunately it became much worse… after i let her drink i went inside the house.. after 30 minutes i came back and i saw her having a seizure… she is biting her tongue and her eyes go from bottom to top.. i was so scared that time that i thought she was about to die… luckily my mother went home and we brought her to the vet… the first thing that the vet did was to put a dextrose… at 1st try, her body rejected the dextrose… then the vet said he’ll try again but if it still doesnt work, we need to prepare for a 90% chance of death… luckily after the 2nd try, my pet’s body responded with the dextrose.. after that the dog made a mixture of water and sugar… lots of sugar and used a syringe without a needle to put the liquid inside her mouth… the vet did it a lot of times.. then after a couple of minutes she’s stopped having seizure and looked like shes just lying and looking at us… after 3 days of being confined at the vet, she finally recovered and was brought home.. she was medicated with some vitamins to regain her appetite and immune system… whew what a relief…

  • 169. johnathannysus  |  August 10th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hi my 5yr old dog name terror was eating his food in the galary .He normally comes back in side but he did’t so we went to check on him and I saw him spiting and chocking. Then we saw the TOAD idont know what toad it is but my mother and i threw salt on the frog and he hopped away.we didnt have a holse at the time so we gave him water to drinkbut he did’t drink it a few hours later he came back to normal.i hope he’ll be ok in the morning. This website is very good thank’s very much please text me back.i’m from Trinidad & Tobago. ps.we have no vet

  • 170. Andrew  |  August 18th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    My dog was foam rapidly after she bite a 8 inch toad she seems to be walking better but is still sick but thank you so much my parents rapidly started following ur instruction.

  • 171. kevin  |  August 19th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    our dog of course tangled with a toad around 10:00 at night, got to this site and was told to wash her mouth out with fresh water( hose),she did not mind the water to find out it felt good to get the toad juice out. we live in idaho so its not harmful,she just foamed at the mouth like she took a alka-setzer.

  • 172. DarkBayDonut  |  August 26th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this website. My dog was taking her last
    breaths and i found this website and i rinsed her mouth out and shes doing better.(: thanks!

  • 173. Raccoon42  |  August 28th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Two days ago, we were up at the lake in Northwestern Wisconsin when I pointed out a little brown toad to my 1-year-old German Shepherd/Plott Hound. I knew about the huge, poisonous Cane Toad (Bufo Marinus), native to the area of South Texas down to the Amazon, and its devastating introduction in Australia and Florida. I knew about the large, poisonous and hallucinogenic Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo Alvarius) that crawls out of the Arizona mud during the rainy season. Both of these suckers are big and slimy like frogs. What I didn’t know is that ALL true toads secrete toxins from their skin, even the very common Bufo Americanus, that can kill or sicken your dog. The American Toad is found from North Dakota in the northwest down to Oklahoma in the southwest, east from there to North Carolina, and north throughout all of northeastern Canada.

    My Sookie got the little toad (about 2 1/2 inches) in her mouth and chomped on it a few times, which I thought was cute as hell. She then started shaking her head back and forth, and drooled a bunch, no foam, no shaking. She licked up some of the drool, and I thought nothing of it at the time. She seemed fine for the rest of the night, ate food, drank water, and romped about.

    But, the following day, she didn’t want to eat anything. She was a little active early, but as the afternoon rolled on, she began vomiting water and mucous. All day we tried to convince her to eat something. At the end of the night, we got her to drink some water, but then she threw it back up again two minutes later. We resolved to take her to the vet first thing in the morning. She told us Sookie was very dehydrated, and she wanted to put an IV in, but they couldn’t do it there. All they could do was inject 500ml of saline under her skin and give her an anti-nausea drug. She’s not allowed to try and eat until 8pm tonight, and then a special bland food mix. She wasn’t allowed to drink for 4 hours after the vet visit, and now only 1/2 a cup every 30 minutes. Vet said if she couldn’t keep water down, we’d have to take her to the puppy ER for the IV or risk serious effects of dehydration! Luckily, she’s been drinking a little water for the past few hours with no more vomiting.

    What I would stress here is 1) Rinse/clean the mouth if it’s not too late. 2) DO NOT FEED FOR 24 HOURS. Try the milk + egg yolk thing right away to line the stomach, but if your dog has already ingested the toxin, use whatever method you can to get your dog to vomit right away. 3) Make sure all the toxin is washed off your dog’s fur and paws, and rinse away all the drool, foam and vomit your dog puts out so s/he won’t lick it up. 4) Monitor your dog for signs of dehydration, and seek treatment if your dog can’t keep water down for 12 hours or more.

    I’m lucky Sookie is 65lbs and tough as nails, because she didn’t experience any seizures or other severe neurological effects. Now I know, ANY TOAD ANYWHERE IS DANGEROUS TO DOGS!

  • 174. Shakira  |  September 1st, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I lost my 3 year old minature dixon last weekend to a frog…she had gotten the poision several times in the last couple of months and we were able to wash her mouth out and she was fine. This weekend we tryed to wash it out but she would not recover. I was on the phone with the vet but within 10 minutes she was gone…My heart is broken I can’t stop crying. I hate those frogs.

  • 175. Donna  |  September 9th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I just want to say that I wish I had seen your site a month ago. While we were on vacation in August 2010, my 55lb, 3 year old basset hound got a hold of a toad and died. Now the odd thing is that the vet we took him too was “SURE” that they didnt’ have any poisonous toads in the area. Needless to say if they had taken me more seriously when I said that he had been chasing a toad and treated Fred for what was wrong with him maybe they could have saved him.

    Please anyone out there, if you see one of these little critters in your yard or anywhere near your pet, take the time to remove it and protect your pet. It is a decision that I regret every day, my heart is still broken.

    Take care to all of you who have lost your pets, I know how you feel and I am sorry for your loss.

  • 176. June Maniion  |  September 13th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Are these poison toads only in Florida? I live in rural Missouri, should I be concerned here too? My precious little Chihuahua is always playing wth grasshoppers and bugs. Should I be watching out for toads. She is my angel.

  • 177. Melissa  |  September 14th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    This site saved my Yorkie/Pom’s life. He was foaming at the mouth and we found this site, immediately washed out his mouth over and over, symptoms never progressed. We also gave him a bath. We live in Florida and this frog was not very big, about the size of a tennis ball. Thanks!

  • 178. Dee  |  September 24th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    In Bermuda many dog owners rinse the dog’s mouth out with water then encourages the dog to lick spoonfuls of mollasses. It seems to counteract the toxins.
    It has worked with our small mini pincher and large german shepherd when they have bitten frogs and started to foam at the mouth.

  • 179. matt  |  October 4th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    never rinse a dogs mouth out with water very easy to drown the poor sick thing. use a clean cloth and wipe there gums out being sure not to place fingers inside there mouth..

  • 180. matt  |  October 4th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    grab a sharp knife from kitchen find the toad and cut its head off in a diffrent yard. i hate those pesty yucky repolsive creatures

  • 181. nikki  |  October 8th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I just got back from the vet with my dog after he licked a toad. Luckily he’s fine. The vet said I did the right thing by forcing water into my dogs mouth and wiping down his tongue with water. The article above says do not do that, but the vet at the pet emergency hospital said DO put water in his mouth. So, I’d say the best advice is call your vet and ask rather than just following instructions on the internet. In my case, washing his mouth out may have saved his life. Good luck to all who have or will have a problem with their dogs and toads!

  • 182. marlon  |  October 12th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    last night my 23-24lb. shiba inu bit a toad when we were still around 20 minutes from home, walking. I knew the toad poison could paralyse there mouth and make him sick and foaming but didn’t know it could kill them. He had licked a toad b4 but I made him get away from it and he just licked his mouth som and drank a lil water and was fine. But last night he was shaking his head on and off while walking home, foaming at the mouth, and when we got into the house, threw up about 4 or 5 times and drank som water on and off. I knew it was too late to call a vet because we didn’t get back home til around 11 pm… later when he stopped throwing up, he drank ALOT of water and then managed to rest and get som sleep and seemed fine this morning, he even ate the rest of the food in his bowl somwhere through the night when i was sleep (makes sense he’d be pretty hungry though), and he was fine when I left for school this morning, so I’m just hoping he’ll be alright by the time I get home today and that there’s no 10 hour after effect of the toad poison or something..

  • 183. sherryl  |  October 13th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Last evening my dog Chucky bit a frog immediately he began froating at the mouth. We called the vet and he said to rub salt (cooking) on his tongue and wash out his mouth with water because the poision remains on the tongue. We did this 3-4 times and immediately we saw a difference in his condition and this morning he was back to normal self….. :-)

  • 184. Used to Frog biting Dogs!  |  November 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Okay so I have 4 dogs!They haveall bit a frog at least twice due to the fact tat I live in the country I’m used to it and know what to do.

    First Rinse your dogs mouth out with water!
    Second give them a tablespoon or two of Hydrogen Persoxide! Nothing more! Soon after they should vomit up the toxins!
    Third give them half a benadryl or a whole depending on size of dog.
    Works like a charm been doing this for a LONG time.
    You might want to rinse them off with cold water and chill with your dog for a while and heck up on them from time to time.
    Benadryl will make your dog/cat tired so no worries there. In the morning you might want to take them to the vet JUST IN CASE if your dog is acting a little weird. I do this ALL the time. So Take it from a pro!

  • 185. Rose  |  December 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I live in FL and my 25pound German Pinscher got a hold of a frog last night. Thank you so much for this. She has been fine thanks to your advise.

  • 186. chris  |  December 21st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for your help guys. I’m in Australia. My jack russell found a toad tonight and bit into it, she was walking around in circles and couldn’t open her mouth, she’s slowly coming around now. I really appreciate the advice on here. I now have to search the yard to find the bastard toad so my other dogs don’t find it. Thanks again.

  • 187. Chauncey Wanta  |  January 19th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I don’t usually publish but I enjoyed your blog a good deal.

  • 188. Alex  |  March 9th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, my dog just bit a toad and about 5 mins later he started foaming white stuff from the mouth, and 8mins later he started to vomit and throw out green stuff, a little after he seemed weak and i got on the internet and look for something like this and found this, and im thankful for your tips, i immediately did what you said, right now my dogs at the vet, we will go tomorrow to know what happened to him. I hope hes ok right now and better by tomorrow :(

  • 189. Alex  |  March 10th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Yay, hes okay :=D u just came back from school and my mom was waiting for me at the door with him, and when i entered she said, LOOK!! =D and i got spooked and then hugged him and he started licking me and playin with me =D thnx for this, it saved my dogs life, heres a pic of him wearing glasses =D“border=”0″alt=

    thnx alot again =D !!

  • 190. jaime  |  March 11th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    mis dos perros mataron a un sapo, vómitos por todos lados, mi novia me dijo que les echara agua en la boca y no le hice caso, hasta que vi que los perros estaban actuando raro, templando y con ojos llorosos. Luego se lo mencione a mi madre y salió frenética, al rescate. claro ella tampoco sabia que hacer, y pues claro mi novia ya nos había dado la receta, mucha agua, pero no fue hasta que encontró esta pagina que vimos prueba mas concreta, que le creimos. y gracias ella pues mis perros y mi madre estan muy feliz

  • 191. joe  |  April 9th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I have two dogs, and a backyard full of frogs. (not sure about toads) We have a pond and it is currently mating season- and neither of my dogs have come in foaming at the mouth… Though I hope it stays that way!

    Sorry to all of those who lost their dogs to frogs

    and hope to those who haven’t

  • 192. Lori  |  April 11th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    My little tiny mini dachshund got a hold of a small toad tonight. we live in NY. Not sure what kind of toad it was but she began foaming at the mouth and profusely drooling. I didn’t see this site until a couple of hours later. I did try to get her to drink but she refused. I had bottled water in my car so on the way home I pulled over and poured maybe 1/2 cup into her mouth and tried to flush it as best I could. When I got home she was still drooling.. I gave her milk which she drank and has seemed better since. I saw on this site that I should not have given milk. she seems ok but I am worried that I may have done something wrong and afraid she may die during the night. Should I try to find an all night vet? she diesn’t seem sick and is no longer drooling.

  • 193. Kayla  |  April 13th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks to you, I now know what to do if my dog bites a frog (toad) again. She was weak, vomiting and foaming.We called the vet and he said to rinse her mouth with salt, water and soap water. We thought he was crazy at first but then we tried it and it helped. She’s better now.
    P.S. I happened just now.

  • 194. Marco  |  June 13th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Let our yorkie out before we go to bed and noticed a frog or toad upside down dead got some napkins a chunked it over the fence…. Looked up and our poor TOBY was looking at me foaming out his mouth his eyes were saying Help ME!!! I freaked out and quickly google’d dog bites frog and this page was d first one I clicked…..THIS WAS SO HELPFULL!!! We rinsed his mouth and gave him a very good bath….He seems fine running around being hyper like usual…Thank You so Much for d info

  • 195. Steve  |  June 20th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for this article.

    A few years ago, my German Shepherd caught a toad and his mouth started foaming. There was a pool nearby, so I instinctively dragged him over and started washing his mouth out with water. Even so, within about 1 minute he was having trouble breathing and we were in the car on our way to the vet when the crisis suddenly passed and he was OK.

    A friend of mine was not so lucky. Her small dog died last month after biting a toad. So sad.

    The most important thing is to act quickly. Before you even notice symptoms, if your dog has caught a toad, rinse his mouth out immediately.

  • 196. Rebaccah  |  June 23rd, 2011 at 4:01 am

    OH MY GOODNESS! Thank you thank you! My 11 year old black lab caught a frog, and I didn’t know it was harmeful so I let her play with it, when she went inside she was foaming at the mouth and drooling like crazy!

    I found this and rinsed her mouth ASAP.

    She has no more symptoms and shes sleeping soundly right now. Im going to be up all night checking on her though.

    You saved my babies life <3333

    Oh yeah, these frogs are also located in Augusta Georgia, TONES of them come out after the rain.

  • 197. Tony  |  June 24th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    45 minutes ago…….

    I had let my 3 year old schnauzer in the back patio to do his business (the patio is screened in from the yard).

    I let him back in and he went jogging into the office like he normally does. I then start hearing his claws scurrying all over the tile floor. I look to see that he looks like he is trying to stand on ice. His legs were wobbly and going all over the place. When I went to pick him up, he didn’t respond to me at all which let me know he was having a seizure.

    A few things crossed my mind, but a toad wasn’t one. My first thought was that some little rabid creature got into the patio and biting occurred. But that’s not a probability because the only things rabid around here could be a possum, cat, squirrel, or rat, none of which could squeeze under the porch door to get on the patio. Then I thought it might have been a stroke, as he was disoriented. He seemed okay a couple minutes later, but then when he walked back into the hallway, it started again.

    So rush him to the 24hr vet clinic talking to him and petting him the whole way (while driving a manual transmission car, fast at night). Halfway to the vets office, he sits up obediently on the passenger seat panting with a smile. The vet said that it was possibly a toad situation, seeing as how I’m in MIAMI, today it RAINED, and this happened at NIGHT.

    The vet wanted a $250 emergency fee in ADDITION to any diagnosis and treatment. Since he was calm and seemed back to earth, I decided to take him back home, and if it acted up, I’d rush back over and get him in with the vet.

    That was about 45 minutes ago. Since then, I followed some advice I found on the net about inducing vomiting in dogs by using hydrogen peroxide, which worked and he vomited up the solution about 15 minutes later. The fact that he didn’t puke up any frog legs or organs leads me to believe that if it was a frog encounter, it was only a lick, not a bite.

    Again, my patio is screened in (not fenced, screened) from the back yard. Insects can’t get through the screen, but those f’ing toads probably could’ve gone underneath the screen where the door met with the floor. But if one got in, it couldn’t have been one of those behemoths that we see down here. It would’ve had to been very small.

    Needless to say, I’ve got my eye out for those little bastards now, and I won’t show the mercy that some of you will. That f’er is smooshed, and if I still had my black racer (snake), they would’ve been served for dinner to someone who has the “stomach” for amphibians.


  • 198. Amber  |  June 27th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    My dog just bit a frog..on the leg i think i only noticed because her mouth was looking really red and puffy i just washed it out a bit…she wasnt really for it because she had a bath just a while before…she’s breathing normally for now..guess i’ll just have to keep monitoring her

  • 199. kjack77  |  June 29th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I’m so grateful for this post as my dog just bit a frog. I have no idea as to what type of frog/toad it is but immediately thereafter she started frothing and i rinsed and wiped off her mouth, she also started throwing up… I’m writing from Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
    There is no signs of seizures, she’s finally resting.. I just checked in on her and she’s seems ok

  • 200. Jasmaine  |  July 14th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    my dog just biten a toad start foaming at the mouth we didnt know what to do so we gave him pepobizmo

  • 201. kelly  |  July 19th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    THANK YOU! my parents didn’t care when my schnauzer bit a toad after our walk tonight and said that the foaming would go away on his own and that he would be fine – luckily i had a feeling they were wrong and i found your website! i rinsed his mouth and gums and he seems fine now. thank you so much!

  • 202. Jubail  |  July 31st, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Thank you so much, this article just saved my dog.

  • 203. Brigitte Ryll  |  August 16th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Great information.

  • 204. Darby Rica  |  August 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Thank you so much! My black/tan mini dachshund is Sam. We didn’t see him get a frog, but he was foaming. I found this article and checked his gums. Then I rinsed his mouth with water for four minutes. I am looking for paw-rubbing and I’m taking him to the vet tomorrow. It’s Sunday and the vet is sadly closed. Thanks for the awesome article and please email me!

  • 205. Miriam  |  August 26th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for the TIP,

    These frogs are so DANGEROUS, I’m in FLORIDA and they are everywhere, you can’t get RID of them no matter what. But how can I keep them away from my YARD?


  • 206. K. Reid  |  September 4th, 2011 at 3:12 am

    My 2 month old dalmation cornered a small frog tonight. He started foaming at the mouth and choking. I was freaking out and instinctively thought, give him some water to drink so I carried his water bowl to him. He just lapped at it once and stopped and started choking again. I ran to the computer to see if i could find anything and I found this site. You really helped a lot, I ran back outside to the hose where I washed out his mouth, more like he just soaked himself in water, but he did manage to drink quite a bit and he seemed fine after that. I’m still worried though, seeing as it’s night time I cannot take him to the vet. I’ll have to go first thing tomorrow morning.

  • 207. THE HERZUCK 'S  |  September 12th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Our 4yr old german shepherd cross great dane mix/yellow lab is about 90 pounds and obviously dumb she not only found 1 huge toad( about the size of a softball) clearly didn’t get the message the first time but had to try 3 times !I’m telling you the foaming action happens so fast it was scary, at first we thought she had a turtle. Besides being a little weak in the knees and foaming profusely lola came out of it okay, as for the toad he wasn’t scared at all he sat there fat and ferious starring her in the face. And the dumbass was gonna go for round 4 !!!! We live in fairbault minnesota on the lake

  • 208. cathie  |  September 13th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I live on the Treasure Coast of Florida, and over the past several years the Bufo Toad population has increased dramatically. Our local news reported on this increase, which in part has to do with previous years’ hurricanes as well as very wet rainy seasons. We noticed the increase start when a home on our steet was abandoned and their pool became a swamp. Our city did nothing. The news reported stated, with hesitation, that citizens are being asked to kill the toads if found. My 8 month old puppy was pawing a bufo toad this morning. Fortunately, I was able to wash his mouth and paws thoroughly and watch him. He’s okay. So how do you kill these things? I’ve read online about “humane” ways to kill a bufo, which includes 3 days in the freezer. I do not like too kill anything or see it suffer, but a choice between my dog and a bufo is no choice. Here are some suggestions my neighbors and I have found effective: Ammonia in a spray bottle; spray the back off the toad (you may have to follow it and spray several times.) The ammonia will eventually stop the toad from breathing from it’s skin. In my case today, the toad was on my patio. After I got the dog in the shower and safe, the toad was still on the patio. I grabbed a bottle of Muriatic Acid (used in the pool) and just poured it over the toad. Poured twice. The toad died within a few minutes. Hated to do it, but my dog’s life is more important than anything. I am calling the Coop extension in my town to see how they are contributing to the eradication of these dangerous toads.

  • 209. Kim  |  September 18th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Thank you for your help. Although I live in Guam, the exact same thing happened with my dog and a small toad. She tried to bring it in the house. We followed the information you provided and she is doing just fine. Thank you!

  • 210. Jesse S.  |  September 20th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Its a quiet night here insan antonio tx and I was walking my two small dogs just before bed time. I have a small black schnauzer who usualy eats and terrorizes everyting, i found him at the park and he use to be quick to go for crickets, he was pawing the frog when the other dog came over and emediately bit and shook the toad. She was hit by a truck right in front of me on the fourth of july, but was okay after a week of cleaning and stitches, she has already been through a lot, she had 8 teeth removed and a silver dollar sized hole in her, as well as a slight concussion. Right after she let the toad down she started with the foaming and it freaked me out. I figured with that type of reaction, she was a gonner. I pulled out the phone and looked up the event and have been reading for the last 45 minutes. She is doing well, i spent about 5 minutes pooring water through her mouth while she stood in the tub. I now have the kennel beside the bed so she will be where i can get to her if anything else is to come about. My dogs are about 14 pounds each and it has turned out alright for them. Noting, that Rosco wanted to lick her, to clean the foam, but I think that would have got him sick as well. Thank you all for the posts! It has been an experience. I will know next time not to let them play with them.

  • 211. michael don  |  September 26th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    it happened to my pet named scarlet recently, i was washing the dishes outside when my pet scarlet followed me, she was ok at first just walking around in circles the usual dog stuff, but i was alarmed all of a sudden as to why she was suddenly barking in her littlest tone of voice =(. as i looked there was a toad that came out of nowhere! i live in a tropical country by the way and we were having the rainy season at that time,anyways i really never expcted that an ugly toad like that would ever appear in my house! at first all she did was bark so ididnt mind at first, i thought she was just playing with it,plus i felt that in a way she might have been protecting me even in her very young age,coz she gave a certain growl to it which i heard many times b4 whenever a dog feels she or her master i threatened,. shes so sweet i miss her =(, but when i saw her bit that ugly toad i ran but i guess i was a second or so late, she bit it,then i noticed something was wrong.a friend of mine at that time who was at the house told me a story that they had pet dog which bit a similar toad and ended up dying so i was shocked! i grabbed my pet and started to run water through her mouth but maybe the poison was severe that she was never the same after that incident i brought her to the vet asap they injected 5 types of vaccines my God the hell she had to through.just coz o that thing! the vet gave me alot of prescriptions! sadly i wasnt able to buy coz at that time we had a tight pet suffered her stomach began to bloat etc. icant say any further,be vigilant is all i can say to all owners ou there. let this be a lesson to miss you scarlet T_T

  • 212. Penni R  |  September 28th, 2011 at 6:08 am

    My 9 month old yorkie Lewis licked or tried to bite a toad late last night – he started foaming at the mouth and having seizures and grinding his teeth, wheezing, shivering and crying. His gums went dark red. We rushed him to the emergency vet at midnight, who put him on a drip overnight and this morning he was back to normal. This has never happened with my other dogs so perhaps Lewis is allergic. Will try the chicken wire or another humane way to keep the toads at bay.

  • 213. Willow Rainn  |  October 3rd, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Tonight my puppy donken decided to play with a toad while i was writing an essay outside. he started to foam at the mouth but was fine other than that. i read everything you all had said and washed his mouth out and made him drink water. now he seems fine and is playing with his toy duckie(: hes a trooper but i really hope i dont experience this again with either of my dogs or my cat…

  • 214. Patricia Doce  |  October 6th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I have 3 Jack Russell’s and they are always getting in trouble with the Bullfrogs. Specially one of them…I already went to the ER 3 times! My Holistic vet gave me some holistic pills to put in the mouth after you rinse it with water.
    I called “BUFO RANA” and what it does is neutralize the toxin that makes the dog seizure. Is probably a good idea to still go to the ER or vet but at least the effects of the toxin are mild. It all depend on the amount of poison he or she got inside the mouth.

  • 215. Krystal  |  October 10th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    This just helped me with my puppy!! She was playing and found a toad and started to nip at it and then started to foam and dry heave.

  • 216. Brandon Jimnez  |  October 10th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Tonight about 4 hours ago i found my dog Max dead because he ate a toad, he was an amazing dog and I’ll never forget him.

  • 217. Jackie  |  October 20th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I’m housesitting for a friend in the Mojave desert in California. One of her cocker spaniels growled at something and this starting chomping away at something, think it was a toad, have seem them with one before, but just playing with it. He started foaming at the mouth and then started rubbing his eye on the carpet and it was closed shut for about 5 minutes. He did eat a dog biscuit and drank some water. I found this site and I rinsed out his mouth and he sprang to life. He is playing fetch and seems completely normal. I will keep an eye out for anything this unusal. It just sucks I can’t call his owner because she is in Rome.

  • 218. Aesia brown  |  October 22nd, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Our Mini Pin put a toad in his mouth and started pawing at his mouth and breathing like he was out of breathe……me and my 15 year old both grab our computers and started searching. I read and he worked on our dog. Thank you guys so much for sharing. He didn’t start foaming or anything but his breathing really had us worried!

  • 219. ac  |  October 31st, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I just experience this tonight, I let my dog out to do his business and I heard him chasing something, when I called him he didn’t come, then I saw him scratching his face and sneezing, I got the flash light and looked and sure enough there was a toad, I finally got a hold of him and washed out his mouth 3 times with water, letting the water run for a few minutes along side of his mouth, I got his shampoo and washed his paws and his face to make sure it didn’t get anywhere else. He seem to be fine, but I keep checking to make sure he is okay. The thing with salt is you need to make sure that you pour the salt on the toad in order for their skin to peel away, it won’t work if you just sprinkle it on the ground.

  • 220. Tiffany  |  November 3rd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I awoke to my husband rising at 2:52am this morning. He was gone for 5 or so minutes, when he came back to be he informed me that my 8 month of American Staffy had been licking a toad so my husband threw it over the fence. It was the same frikkin’ toad I had him through over the fence at 7pm before I went to bed last night. I live in Australia and it’s summer here now, the ground is littered with the here. I immediately got up, rinsed his mouth out twice and put him to bed in the laundry. He was foaming and a little shaky but otherwise seemed fine. I got on the laptop and searched ‘what to do when my dog licks a toad’ and this website popped up. I took him back outside and rinsed his mouth three more times as every time he licked his cheeks he had residue foam. It’s now 4:39am and he seems to be doing fine but I can’t bring myself to go back to sleep. He is 27kg and the toad was still alive when it went for an acrobatic adventure over the fence. Fingers crossed he will be alright. I am very thankful that I found your site… Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

  • 221. Danny  |  November 13th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    thank you so much for this post. this happened to my dog like an hour ago and i washed her mouth out alot and then she started to act more normal and then i gave her some bread and she ate it. she had some diarrhea but she seems to be better now

  • 222. Michaell  |  November 21st, 2011 at 10:59 am

    My sisters dog died yesterday from bitting a toad. Not happy at all we didn’t this information. :(

  • 223. Denise  |  November 21st, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    This past Saturday I do what I normally do everyday open the doggie door for my toy poodle and yorkie to go out on the porch. I never let them in the yard without me because of the frogs. My 12 year old toy poodle, KA-C, was so funny about getting dirty or anything on or near him, and he would always run away from frogs. This is why I was so puzzled when I found him lying on ground and foaming at the mouth and a frog lying near him. My husband, and my daughter picked him up and we rushed him to the vet who examined him and confirmed he had died hours ago. I am so devastated and feel like I failed him by not being there when he needed me to save his life. I am so glad to have found this site and learned so many others have gone through the same thing as I have. I know so much about what to do now should it happen again to my yorkie. I just pray it never does. Than you so much.

  • 224. LAURA-LYNN  |  November 30th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Hi there my three dogs got hold of a big big toad in my mothers yard it was dead by the time i saw somethimg was wrong. There was just foam coming out of there mouths it totally freaked me out and i duno what to do it was 9 o clock at night. it also looked like their mouths was burning. i did bot know what to do i give them raw egg mixed with milk im not sure if it was right. i really had no idea what to do. i couldnot sleep at all i watched them all night. and they were just lying down not even want to walk. this morning they were all fine playing around. i am at work now had no choice but to leave them at home. i am so worried something might happen to them during today. thanks

  • 225. harold  |  December 7th, 2011 at 3:14 am

    on 12/6/2011 in southwest florida at about 6 pm my 1 year 1 month old pekingese bit a bufo toad and immediately foamed at the mouth….i grabbed his head and put it in his water dish….the foam was gone and he seemed ok for the moment so i looked on the internet and came across this page….i read 1 post and ran out the door with him to the hose and rinsed his mouth out 2 times for about 5 mins each time….then used my finger and ran it over his gums….about an hour or so later he started vomitting profusely every 30 mins. i called the vet and they told me to bring him in of course, but wouldnt see him without being paid first. i dont get paid for another 2 days. so here i sit and its 8 hours later and the vomitting has just stopped and hes laying on the couch next to me. he seemed to be ok except for the vomitting but was alert and still cohearent. hopefully he will be ok bc id hate to lose my bestfriend bc im not rich…ty to this site and all the posts. u may have saved my friends life.

  • 226. priscila  |  December 9th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    My 5mo puppy had somewhat reactions last week… it was 5 am and he was asleep in his bed in my room and he barked at me…( he never barks) so when i turned on the light he had vomit and yes it was white…… i tought he had eaten too much or swallowed something since he had been outside… but then all of a sudden he started getting hives all over and he would cry and roll in my bed out of pain and itchiness!!!! Immediately the only thing i could think of was finding something to make it stop!! In less than 4 minutes at the most his little eyes were closing due to the swelling!! His lips and eyes were so puffy! I got so scared i know if i dint do something NOW he was going to die! I got some Benadryl i cut it half and crushed it and stuffed it down his mouth!! 5 min later gave him the other half…. immediatly he calmed down, and the swelling started slowly going down! THANK GOD. I didnt sleep for the next 3 hours till the vet opened and took him first thing… the vet said it was most likely that he has stepped on a frog and licked his paws later…. THAT I DID THE RIGHT THING in giving him benadryl because it was the reaction my puppy had to fighting it… he just told me to observe him for 24 hrs and that he was a lucky pup… My pup gave me good scare but hes runnin @ healthy:-) You might want to try this if nithing works and u cant get a vet at night.. benadryl is perfectly safe for dogs but make sure its not liquid because liquid contains alcohol and the pill doesnt…..

  • 227. Kuruk  |  December 14th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wonderful article, thank you :)

    I just wanted to point out as many people seem to be getting this confused. FROGS and TOADS are NOT the same thing and FROGS are not harmful to animals (unless you live in the tropics where there may be poison darts, but in this case I’m sure you’d know about it).

    Fact is, I live in Australia and we have an abundance of big fat green tree frogs AND cane toads. My Aussie cattle dog has learnt the hard way what the difference between them is. When he sees a toad he will snarl and growl at my younger great dane to keep away and will make a funny bark to alert me. However, in the case of green tree frogs he enjoys picking them up in his mouth until they ribbit so I have to chase him around the yard with it hahahah! A wonderful dog though, he is very gentle and has to date only ever harmed one frog. Thanks again for the article!

  • 228. taryn jackson  |  January 14th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    By reading your comments you saved my female/ foxys life she was shaking, drull coming out of her mouth vomiting, and this fixed stareon her face she was walking around the yard not knowing where to go, by the time i got downstairs she had a very high tempreture and clenched jaw and red gums . I thought right away it was a toad gut feeling i walked around the yard looking for it and finally found it a big one near her bed it was on its back but just alive. This all happened about 5.30 am no vets were open so i jumped into the car to get after hours number hoping she would still be alive when i got back which she was thank god then i thought about the internet you can find anything on that got on that . Found out what to do and did what it said about the water did that and with 15 /20 mins i had her in my arms and decided to put her down as soon as her feet touched the ground her tail started to wag i new then she was on the mend she got her footing and went and had a drink of water you could see her coming out of it as i was watching her i was so pleased i could save her life i picked her up and would not put her down for half an hour this little dog is very special to me as my murdered daughter bought her for me and its coming up to the day she died which is the 20/1/11 and could not bear to loose this dog as well . so thankyou thankyou so much all of you with the imformation that you gave .

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  • 230. Jock Holden  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I live in the jungles of Costa Rica where 80 percent of dog deaths occur from either sapo (bufo) toads or poison dart frogs. Our new rescue (jack russell/ German short haired pointer mix) came into the house from outside frothing at the mouth and licking furiously. It wasn’t until after I rushed her to the sink and started rinsing out her mouth with copious amounts of water that I found your site. Seems I did it right, but on your advice I repeated the lavage several more times and even toweled out her gums. The only longer term effect were tremors which lasted about 20 minutes. No seizures, thank God. She seems fine now, but obviously I will have to take her out at night on a leash or suffer the consequences. We are in the heart of cicada season and the toads are EVERYWHERE. Thanks for a very informative site and I am very sorry for anyone posting here who lost their pet.

  • 231. cindy  |  February 5th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you very much…..that information saved my little snooky’s life….thanks a million……

  • 232. Zelena  |  August 9th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I let my cousins yorkie go outside to do her business in the morning, meanwhile I took a quick shower and when I came back she was lying in the grass paralyzed! So I put her in the shower and rinsed her off and she had messed herself..thank god for this page she’s Ok.

  • 233. Nancy  |  September 30th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I am not even sure you read this anymore but I am so grief stricken by the passing of my 4 lb. Yorkie yesterday morning and I feel responsible for this. As all stories, it happened so fast; there was commotion, I looked my 4 lb Yorkie was ontop of the toad going at the toads neck and I grabbed him off tried to rinse his little mouth but the hose spray was too hard so I took him into my kitchen sink and tried to rinse his mouth, side way every which way. The little guys mouth was clamped so tight I could hardly open it, I wrapped a towel around him trying to rub off the slime and foam but he started seizing and even though we rushed him to the vet he had a heart attack and although they tried cpr he didnt make it.

    Was there anything else I could have done? I fear maybe I forced him to swallow the venom. May be just wiping off the foam with a dry towl and rushing him to vet would have saved him? I don’t know. Regardless, he is gone but maybe readers could benefit from knowing how to handle tcup breeds and frog poison. My friend at a dog service agency said that my dog was so small that from venom works fast and that I couldnt have done anything different. So sad…

  • 234. Beth  |  October 10th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    10-10-2013 This evening we believe our yorkie Munchkin encountered,possibly licked a buffo frog.We immediately put him in the sink I pried his mouth open while my husband rinsed his mouth with water.We have 5 yorkies,Munchkin is the Daddy.He had spit at the back screen door,then was foaming out the mouth,he threw up once.This site was so helpful.My heart & soul goes out to those that have lost their beloved pets due to these awful creatures.Munchkin seems to be doing fine,was lying next to me as I was reading the site ,he almost threw up again.I wiped his mouth with a wet washcloth & burnt some toast for him.He is resting again.I am so worried.I do have a question will this go on for days or weeks & possibly get worse?I am calling my vet in the am.He is very much a part of our family,as are the others.I also am not sure if I should do the peroxide & the egg & milk.He is resting now.Live in Port St. Lucie,Florida We need to put an end to these buffo frogs,I will definitely try the salt & ammonia spray to kill them,they are so fast and hard to kill with a shovel.

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  • 236. Tracy Hayward  |  March 24th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Today I lost my 3yr old mini dachshund. She had bitten this cane toad. Gracie was already an epileptic dog. She passed on today at11am. (At this time I did not know Iit was a toad since she had ahistory of seizures). I was completely horrified. Then around 9:30pm my 3 month old puppy went into convulsions. However this dog is still with us. I’ve washed her mouth and she seems to be doing much better. Her breathing is normal. She is very tired and still not 100%. But now I know what to do if it ever happens again. I had 4 dogs. Now I have 3 as long as my puppy Baby doesn’t lose her battle tonight.

  • 237. Darlene Santee  |  April 22nd, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I live in South Florida. I have lost two dogs to these frogs. I am so frustrated from them. I had a frog jump on my foot and I screamed for the neighbor to please come over and get it out of the utility. He did not. He yelled back go in the house and get salt. Pour it all over on it. I did and ran out.
    Next morning I was sneaking in there because I was scared to death. I looked everywhere and was closing the door and there it was. The stupid thing was dried up like a board

  • 238. Ivonne R  |  May 16th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Hi! I live in South Florida, my now 8 year old mutt “Moksha” somehow started playing with frogs… I read to be careful at night, but his first encounter was during daylight… We dobt know how it happened but one minute he is with us in our patio and the next he is dizzy, and 5 minutes later he was on the floor, legs crossed, muzzle shut tight, and rapid breathing… Then he started seizuring, within 15 minutes I felt we lost him… Ran to an emergency vet 15 min drive away and they said we barely made it. He was left overnight, IV for the 8 toxins (????) left by the stupid frog and $1000 bill later, he was fine.
    Now we are worries because HE ACTUALLY looks forward to the stupid things.. I dont get it, he is old now and looking for frogs!!! TONIGHT same deal, we were outside and next thing we heard a frog jumo and stupid dog is dizzy again… Foam at the mouth.. We put water sideways with a hose, he walked barely, pupils dilated… Vet said so long as he can walk to wait maybe we caught it on time…
    Kept flushing his mouth sideways, tried feeding bread but his mouth is super shot now, so we need to wait… He is starting to move a bit more… HOW CAN I teach this moron to leave them alone??? We dont have $1000 every week for him… Really upset!!!

  • 239. Lynn  |  May 20th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I live on an irragated acre of land in Glendale Arizona. The other night our 65lb. pitbull came in through the doggie dog acting strange. He threw up white slime 3 times, was very agaited,and his pupils were dialated. I was really scared. We gave him water to drink (didn’t know about rinsing his mouth) until reading all the articles here. After about an hour he was fine. A few nights later he came in licking his lips and running around and sure enough we found a big fat old toad right by our housel. I am keeping him in at night. I am also going to buy a muzzle and put it on his once the sun goes down. You can’t eliminate these frogs and they are hard to see at night. I hope this doesn’t happen again. But we will be more attuned once the sun goes down. Luckily my dog is okay. We love him so much.

  • 240. M. vogt  |  June 1st, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Are there poisonous toads/frogs in Maine, Pennsylvania or North Carolina?

  • 241. Margaretanne Fineo  |  June 27th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    My cat had a frog in his mouth this past Monday and seems to be losing weight and not his usual self. Could it have something to do with the frog he had in his mouth?
    Also, I’ve been reading here all the GREAT comments about the article…but I don’t find the article. How can I read the article everyone is talking about?

    Thank you!
    Margaretanne Fineo

  • 242. Carolyn  |  June 30th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I may be the only one on here mad at my dog for biting a toad, rather than being mad at a toad for being a toad. She started foaming at the mouth, drank a bunch of water and seems fine now. Hopefully she has learned a valuable lesson, but I doubt it.

    I am very sorry for the people who have lost pets, having just lost our German Shepard (poisoned by the vet who told us to give her Prevocox an NSAID like Rimadyl) It hurts a lot!

    Being someone who tries to attract toads to my yard(they eat the bugs in my vegetable gardens), I may be able to help with deterring them. They are attracted by (so avoid if you can) shallow pools of water, dark places to hide (I half bury pots on their side so they can hide), lots of bugs. Chicken wire sounds like a good idea also, remember that frogs and toads burrow so it may help to bury it a few inches down, then of course search your yard and find a new home for any toads you do find (they are important even if you don’t like them).

    Also to the people who are finding dead toads/frogs and don’t know what killed them… it is probably pesticides/fertilizers. People poison bugs and put chemicals on the grass, which poison frogs, which poison birds and so on up the food chain. Frog and toad numbers are declining steadily which is a bad thing as far as the ecosystem is concerned.

    Consider this… dogs don’t naturally live where you live but toads do, which means toads have a food source (bugs, the more toads, the more bugs) so if you get rid of all the toads… you get spiders and other bugs!

  • 243. Dave  |  August 11th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Did what you said and he is doing so much better. Of course late at night. We live in the desert of Arizona. Thank you for your suggestion.

  • 244. Lisa  |  August 21st, 2014 at 8:30 am

    My 5 lbs Yorkie died after licking a Bufo. We live in Palm Beach County. Worst helpless feeling EVER. THE IMAGE HAS NEVER LEFT ME. I went on a capture and bleach rampage for years

  • 245. StormWatch11  |  August 30th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This happens more times than not, especially after watering your yard or after a good rain. In either case thoroughly rinsing your dogs mouth with water is best and of course seek medical assistance in more severe scenarios. Keep an eye out for any signs of post event symptoms afterwards!

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  • 253. nija  |  September 25th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    So earlier this week my dog ate a frog… she is only 5 1/2 weeks… she now has a rash. I was wiping her off wen i nticed it… her face looks s.wollen.. she hasnt haf her shots yet… wat can i do
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  • 254. meg laudicina  |  February 17th, 2015 at 12:55 am

    this is exactly what happened today to my westie Bentley. I live in florida near a canal so there are plenty of frogs and toads around my property. being a westie my dog is a natural hunter and goes after anything. he is fearless and only 20 lbs. he has in the past bit these toads but only formed at the mouth a little and threw up and was ok. today was different. he had all the above symptoms I was so scared I was about to lose him. he was convulsing, vomiting, diahrrea, couldn’t stand or walk, was dazed and confuses. I tried the hose but knew it was far worse and scopped him up and rushed him to the vet. my quick responses helped save my precious pet. no more backyard excursions without being on a leash. thank you for this informative article.

  • 255. Tammy  |  May 28th, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    my 3yr old lab Bailey just got ahold of a small toad that was sitting on the patio and seconds later was shaking her head and foaming so we had her drink water and she drank quite a bit then I read your site informing people to rinse mouth out but don’t let swallow, well too late she had already drank water so I’m hoping and praying this was ok. We did then rinse her mouth out but she fought us so we couldn’t do the full 3-5min each time it was more like 1 min but we did it 3 times and she seems ok but it’s currently 10pm and vets closed so I will keep eye on get overnight. She hasn’t vomited yet not sure she will but I’m watching her! Your site is very informative thank you so much!!! Let’s hope she will be fine she’s my “sweetness” I couldn’t stand to lose her over a frog! Thanks again, Tammy from Pa

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