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Keep your dog safe from toxic toads!

Updated on August 22, 2013

Did you know that toads can make your dog sick? They can!

Who ever thought a toad could make a dog sick? I sure didn't!

We've lived in our mountain cabin for about five months now. And we've seen toads around our cabin before. They are interesting, but not much fun to play with since they don't move a lot.

But one day Gracie, my sis, and I were checking out a toad.

Read on to learn what happened next!

The story of the toad that made me, Johann the dog, sick!

Gracie, my sis, and I were outside playing one day....wrestling around and have a grand 'ole time.

When just then Gracie spied something moving near our fence. She ran over and started barking at it, so of course I had to check it out too.

It was a toad, specifically an American Toad, or scientifically named Bufo americanus.

Gracie pawed at it a little, Mum called her off so Gracie wouldn't hurt the toad. Then of course I had to check it out and pawed at it too. Mum thought we'd had enough so she called us inside and started fixing lunch.

A few moments later I started gagging. Mum thought I had sniffed up some sand and was trying to get it out of my throat and sinuses. it's happened before so she didn't think too much of it.

Just then I started gagging again, and throwing up a little foam. Well, she thought maybe the gagging upset my tummy and I threw up a little. Then I threw up again, and again, and again. In total about seven or eight times!

That's when Mum went into action. She knew then that something was wrong and immediately thought about the toad. She had read somewhere on the Internet about toad poisoning, but didn't know anything about it. So she searched the Internet very quickly and got some advice!

She got some water and rinsed out my mouth as best she could. Then she got a little peroxide and rubbed my gums with it. I instantly, stopped gagging. Then she gave me some Greek yogurt she had in the fridge (one of our favorite treats) and gave me some of that to coat my mouth and my stomach.

Within just about 15 minutes I was absolutely fine. Mum still called our vet to get some advice just in case. They said since my symptoms had subsided that I would be absolutely fine; and I was raring to go out and play again in just about 30 minutes!

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Why did I get sick with this toad, this time?

After Mum made sure I was OK, she went outside to get the toad and put it outside our fenced in area. The first thing she noticed is that the toad was dead. I guess with all that pawing, we hurt it.

And that's why I got sick this time and not the other times we had played with toads. We've played with toads in our yard before, but we've never hurt one. That's the difference!!! When they get hurt or injured is when some toads release a toxin to ward off prey. And I got some of the toxin on my paw and then in my mouth.

We learned later that with larger dogs like my sis, Gracie, this type of toad's poison doesn't effect her. But for a small dog like me, they can be very dangerous.

If I were to have ingested part of the toad with the toxin it could have potentially been fatal for me!

The good thing is that the toad toxin tastes horrible, so most dog's leave them alone. that's one reason you may not have heard about toad toxin poisoning before.

Toad toxicity in dogs can be fatal!

Be sure and get your dog to a vet as soon as possible if your dog mouths or ingests a toxic toad!

Learn more about toxic toads!

Believe it or not all toads secret some type of mucus that usually doesn't taste good to other animals. It's their defense mechanism.

But what they secrete can be toxic to dogs. Some toads are more toxic than others. Those that are the most dangerous include the the Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius) found in the Southwest desert region and the larger Cane Toad (Bufo Marinus) found in Florida and Hawaii. Other species of Bufo toads, like the American toad (Bufo americanus) that I encountered are found in many areas of the US and secrete a milder toxin.



(Images credits in order of appearance: Cane Toad by Sam Fraser-Smith (flickr); Colorado River Toad by Emily robinson (flickr); American Toad by Leslie May.

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