I Have A Frog In My Yard That Kills: The Bufo Marinus (The Cane Toad)
The Bufo marinus doesn't look like a killer, does he? Well, looks can be deceiving. We have a frog here in South Florida that is a killer! Who would think a frog could kill, but this frog kills dogs and cats. He is called Bufo marinus. Another name for him is the Cane Toad.He is big, He is ugly. This frog is found all over the world except in extremely cold climates. They have a pudgy body and short legs. These toads have puffy pockets on their heads behind their ears called the paratoid glands. They can squirt poison from these glands at predators. I have seen a few of these frogs in my yard after dark. That is why I had never let my dogs out in the yard after dark, unless I was right there with them to watch out for these creatures.
Not all frogs are the Bufo marinus. As a pet owner, you should be able to identify the frog that can kill your pet.
The Bufo Frog Killed My Friend's Little Dog
I have a friend who had two Miniature Schnauzers. Our dogs played together often. My dog, Baby, is the same breed and the three dogs loved each other very much.
One evening, after dark, my friend let her two dogs out into her fenced in yard to go to the bathroom before going to bed for the night. She did not go with them. When she opened the door to call them to come in only one dog came. She went outside to find the other dog. She saw the dog walking as though she were drunk. Then my friend noticed her dog had frothy, foaming saliva running from her mouth. She scooped the dog up into her arms and headed for her car. She knew she had to have a Veterinarian immediately! By the time she got her little dog to the Emergency Veterinarian Clinic, it was too late.
If my friend had known what to do when she first saw her dog in distress, the dog's life might have been saved. As a responsible pet owner, we must know what to do in cases like this. I talked to my Veterinarian about this, and he gave me some advice. First, don't ever let Baby out alone after dark. He told me what to do immediately in the way of first aid that would be necessary if she did come in contact with a Bufo. It wasn't long after this happened to my friend that Baby had her first encounter with a Bufo Frog.
Administer First Aid Immediately If Your Dog Comes In Contact With A Bufo Frog
The Bufo has glands behind their eyes that secrete a fatty, white substance which acts as a deterrent to predators. The toxin is also on the frog’s skin. This substance is toxic to animals that come in contact with it. A dog can lick the frog and get enough toxin to become very sick or die. Small breeds of dogs are affected more because it doesn’t take as much poison as it would a large breed.
Know what color your pet's gums are normally. If your pet has been exposed to the toxin of the Bufo, their gums will turn very red. That's one of the first things your Vet will check.
If you suspect your dog has come into contact with a Bufo Frog: Administer first aid right away. Grab a garden hose! Wash out the dog’s mouth and eyes immediately. This toxin is quickly absorbed into the mucus membrane of the mouth. The secretion from the frog is very sticky, so you may have to use a cloth to rub the inside of the dog’s mouth. Remember when you put your hand inside a dog’s mouth, you could get bitten. That’s OK; you are trying to save your pet’s life. Get your pet to a Veterinarian immediately. Most towns have an emergency clinic that is open at night. Call ahead if possible.
If there is member of the family who can help you, have that person drive while you work on your dog. You may have to do CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on your pet if it goes into cardiac arrest. If you don't know how to perform CPR on your pet, I'd suggest you learn how. Ask your Vet to show you how to do this.
I have enclosed a good video on how to perform CPR on a dog. Please watch it.
Learn How To Identify The Bufo Marinus
There is no antidote for Bufo toxin. This toxin can affect the heart (depending on how much toxin your dog obtained) and the size of your dog. There can be cardiac arrest. Foam may be seen coming from the dog’s mouth that might resemble symptoms of Rabies. The dog’s temperature can go up pretty quickly. The dog may begin to have seizures.
As a responsible dog owner, you should learn how to identify a Bufo. I have seen these frogs as big as a dinner plate. They are usually a brown frog and have warty looking skin. Some have a greyish color. The younger frogs may not be as big, but they are just as dangerous. These frogs live near water such as ponds or canals. Your back yard pool can attract these frogs, too. Kiddy pools with standing water also will attract them. They love pet food, so don’t ever leave out containers with dog food in the yard or porch.
My Miniature Schnauzer, Baby
I Thought My Dog Was Safe From The Bufo Frog
After the incident with my friend's dog, I was very careful with my dogs. I thought mine were perfectly safe. We don't have water near our home (no danger there), I have a nice chain link fenced around my yard (how could a Bufo get in my yard?), I never leave any pet food out at night. I never let them go out alone at night. We should be OK, right? Wrong!
About two weeks after my friend lost her dog, I took Baby out for her last pee before bed. She immediately ran up to a Bufo that I didn't see in the dark. I was sure she licked it. I immediately did what my Vet had told me to do. I grabbed her up, and ran for the garden hose. I began hosing her mouth and eyes out. Baby only weighs 14 pounds and my friend's dog that died from the Bufo weighed 15 pounds. I tried very hard not to panic. I screamed so loud my next door neighbor came out to see what was the matter. I told her I need to get to the Pet Emergency Clinic NOW! It is about three miles away from our house. On the way to the clinic, Baby began to have seizures. I thought for sure she would die. I was crying and praying the whole time. The Vet on duty took us right away. Baby spent the night at the Clinic getting the proper treatment. The next day Baby seemed fine, but sort of "hung over". The Vet praised me and the first aid I administered to her so quickly.
Baby After Her Near Death Experience With A Bufo Frog
I Try To Make My Yard Safer
I thought when I fenced in my front yard with chain link fencing, I would keep these horrible frogs away from my dogs, but I was wrong. The one that my dog licked got in our yard, and I still don’t know how. Since they are not good hoppers, he must have found a way underneath the fence. I went all around the bottom of the fence with weather treated six inch boards that were left over from a garden project.
These frogs are very hard to see at night. I was with my dog when she ran over to check out the Bufo that was right there in my path. I couldn’t stop her. Most dogs are very curious, and the first thing they will do is stick their nose right down either on or near the frog.
I bought a collapsible wire fence enclosure from the pet store. I have that in my back yard now, and before bedtime, I take Baby out and put her in that small fence. I know she is safe from the killer Bufo Frog.
Maybe Baby Is Looking For Bufo Frogs
Some Ways People Get Rid Of The Bufo Frog
I have a friend who is so terrified of getting these Bufo frogs in her yard she has come up with a plan to capture the frogs. She says to dig a hole in the ground large enough to hold a five gallon plastic bucket. The bucket is placed in the hole at ground level and filled with water. If the Bufo falls into the bucket, it can’t get out. Hmmmmm. I don't know if she has ever captured a Bufo, and if she has I don't know where she took him to release him. Sounds like a lot of work to me! Another friend puts moth balls all around the perimeter of the yard. She says that keeps out not only Bufos but snakes as well. Some people kill the Bufo by pouring bleach or ammonia all over him. Some folks shoot them. People have been know to stab them with a sharp knife. Some folks capture them using a big beach towels thrown over the frog. They put on heavy duty gloves first, of course. I don’t know where or how these people release the frogs. I don’t like the idea of killing or injuring anything except snakes that I know are poinsonous. My method of protecting my dog seems to be working for me. I don't try to harm or kill the Bufo. My motto is: You leave my dogs alone, and I'll leave you alone!
Have you ever seen a Bufo Frog?
An interesting Hub by midget38 about poisoning in dogs
- How to determine if a dog has been poisoned:causes, symptoms and recognizing substances toxic to pet
An article on the causes, symptoms and prevention of poisoning in dogs.
A good Hub by ehealer on performing CPR on your dog
Learn To Do CPR On Your Dog
© 2012 Mary Hyatt