What to do when your dog is poisoned by a frog or toad

Frogs and toads may not seem like huge threats to your canine's health ... until you find one inside of your dog's mouth. Dogs have a tendency to lunge and bite at smaller creatures, such as frogs and toads, when they cross their path. But did you know that a dog can be killed within hours of simply licking a poisonous toad? This is why it is important to make sure your dog never gets his mouth around one, and to know exactly what to do if he does.

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What to do when your dog is poisoned by a frog or toad1. Wash out your dog's mouth

This is the first thing you should do after you dog has licked, mouthed or bitten a frog or toad. Even if you didn't clearly see what kind of amphibian it was and don't know if it was poisonous, start rinsing immediately. The proper way to do this is to stand behind your dog so you can get a strong grip on his jaw, and force his mouth open while using a hose to rinse it out from the side. It's important to only rinse from the side so you're not forcing any water or potential poison down his throat or windpipe. You should continue rinsing for 5-10 minutes to make sure you have gotten most of the foul taste and/or poison out of his mouth.

2. Wipe your dog's mouth with a clean, wet towel

This is to ensure that you have completely cleaned out his entire mouth. Make sure you wipe down his tongue, teeth, the roof and sides of his mouth.

3. Wash and clean his paws and legs

If your dog did come in contact with a poisonous frog or toad, you don't want to have left any toxins on your dog's body where he can lick it off later. Even ingesting poison this way can kill a dog.

4. Call or visit your vet immediately

Call or visit your vet and describe your situation, and even describe or bring the offending frog or toad if possible. Your dog will receive better and more accurate treatment if your vet knows exactly what the situation is.

5. Give your dog plenty of water to drink

After an unpleasant encounter with a frog or toad, your dog probably won't feel like drinking or eating. However, most dogs who have been poisoned will most likely feel nauseated and will vomit a few times, which will dehydrate them. Make sure he has access to water, which will help him replenish any lost fluids and flush out the toxins in his system.




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When my dog mouthed an unidentified frog during an evening walk outside, it was a terrifying experience. He immediately spit out the frog (which hopped merrily away) as if he had tasted something horrible, and began uncontrollably foaming at the mouth. Fortunately, we were near our home, so my dog was immediately rushed to the bathroom where his mouth was rinsed and wiped until there was no foam left. The vet was alerted, and we were told to continue to monitor the dog's situation.

He seemed all right for awhile, if a bit traumatized, then he began to vomit. Over the course of two hours he vomited four times, each puddle of bile significantly smaller than the previous one. It was also difficult to tell whether he was so exhausted because he was possibly poisoned, or if it was just all the vomiting that was taking a lot out of him. He did however, manage to drink a little water, which was encouraging.

Thankfully, after three hours, my dog seemed to spring back to life, and actually approached his bowl hoping to get a little food. He was most likely hungry since he had thrown up his entire dinner onto the floor.

We were very lucky that my dog's harrowing experience was not a fatal one, although I still don't know whether the frog he encountered was poisonous or not. However, the above instructions are ones that every owner should keep in mind just in case their dogs are ever bested by a frog or toad.

44 comments:

  1. my two-twin dogs ate something poisons them and they didn't eat their meal i don't know what to do please help me!!!!!!!!!!,.,.and my dogs.

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    1. You need to get those dogs to a veterinarian immediately! And try to recall everything they've eaten and been in contact with before they got sick. Bring them to a doctor right away!

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  2. Thank you....my shiba inu was poisoned by a frog last month and because of your post I was able to take care of her and she was just fine. Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! Dogs really know how to get into all sorts of trouble and keep us on our toes, don't they? I'm so happy this post was helpful to others!

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    2. Thank you, I did the same thing to my dog just now she vomitted just once, the TOAD was BIG.

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    3. I'm glad it was just once! Make sure to keep some water nearby, she'll probably be thirsty soon. Hope she feels better soon!

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  3. Our siberian husky bit a toad and vomited 7 times, i followed the instructions though. He wants to sleep already but is breathing a lil heavier and we can hear his stomach growling, is all this normal?

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    1. He's probably exhausted ... and hungry since he vomited up the entire contents of his stomach. It's important to keep him hydrated and please still inform your vet! Always better to have a licensed vet take a look at him too if possible.

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  4. My yorkie also experienced this just last nyt. I woke up 3am coz my dog was crying when i went outside he was lying in a pool of vomit. He cant open his mouth andhe was breathing hard through his nose. He cant move his legs. He was like paralized. I never left his side and i see his struggling and fighting for me. I was crying. After a few hours he stopped crying and he was able to move his legs and ate the food i gave him. It was sunday and our vet was outof town i was able to take him monday and the vet said yeah he was poisoned by frog. I would never leave him outside again. T.T

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    1. I'm so glad your dog is all right! It's an awful thing to watch your dog be in that kind of pain and not be able to do anything about it. I'm happy he pulled through.
      It's too bad your vet was out of town so you couldn't find your pup professional help sooner. I'd see if maybe there's another 24-hour vet somewhere in your area in case of emergency?

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  5. This happened to my yorkie just a few hours ago. Very scary. We called an emergency vet and they told us it could have been an encounter with a toad. Sure enough, we looked outside and saw a toad hopping by. We gave the yorkie a bath right away to get him cleaned up. My family and I were so scared!

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  6. My Siberen Husky has a 2 frogs!! Please help me

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    1. Same procedure applies! And get your pup to a doctor right away!

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  7. we just had an encounter with our Golden and a large toad. She was foaming at the mouth and shaking her head. She only puked a little. I immediately wiped out her mouth with paper towel. This was before seeing this post and I gave her a Benadryl tab to prevent a histamine reaction...she seems ok, she has eaten some ice...she has not drank any water yet...should I be concerned since she seems to be ok, this has me very scared....

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    1. It's still always best to get a vet's opinion if you can. I hope she's all right now!

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  8. My little chi is in doggie hospital right now. Vet said possible frog poisoning.

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  9. I wish the internet had been around back when my dog Sneakers got ahold of a poisonous frog. Maybe he could have been saved. :(

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  10. My Jack Russell just went after a toad. He immediately starting shaking his head and foamed at the mouth. I saw the whole thing so I know he didn't have the toad in his mouth but probably licked itThis was about 1-1/2 hours ago. I wiped his face and mouth with a wet towel. He seems fine now. Sleeping. Should I assume he's okay?? Worried!!

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    1. If he's drinking and eating then he should be all right. I'm always most concerned when pets begin to refuse water and food.

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  11. My dog got a toad in his mouth and just shook his head and sneezed a little. This happened a day or two ago. He seems fine. No vomiting, no foam, still eats like normal. Should I do anything?

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    1. I say if his energy level is fine and he's eating and drinking normally, he's probably over it. Whew!

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  12. My Spaniel bit a toad and I washed her mouth. I do not know what else to do I am scared

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  13. How about small green frogs?

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    1. Those aren't generally poisonous, but if you're dog is having a bad reaction I'd say maybe he's responding to something that was on the frog's skin, and to still implement the steps above.

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  14. I found my beautiful Strawberry dead, she had the toad dead next to her too, it looked like her body exploded and sort of got fried. I saved her 2wks ago and I wasn't around this time':(':

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. Losing a pet is always extremely difficult, especially under such circumstances. At least you got two weeks to spend with her, and I'm sure they were happy ones.

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  15. after seeing my jack Russell bite a large toad ,head and body,took him to rinse out the mouth but he kept tilting his head up and swallowed a lot of water, called banefeild and they told me to bring lucky in. the vet came out 20min.later and told me that he seemed fine but was foaming a little. she wanted to do a bunch of stuff and it would cost over 300 dollars. I thought it was too much, could not help feeling that I was being taken for a ride. I wanted to go somewhere else. they then gave me an estimate for a couple of shots and an iv under the skin for 72 dollars. didn't see the vet after that , gave them the go ahead to be on the safe side. they took 15min. and charged me without directions .just that his poop would be dark because of the shots. lucky, my dog seemed fine and was barking loud the whole hour he was in the back stressed him out. doesn't behave that way @ other clinics, the vet also said his heart rate was fine, she also said that toads and frogs are all over Miami. was all this necessary? didn't feel they were honest.

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    1. Not being a vet myself, I can't say whether this was all necessary. Perhaps they were erring on the side of caution, perhaps the dog was lucky to not have mouthed a toad that was actually poisonous, or maybe your Jack Russell is just especially tough.

      But I'm glad that that no matter what happened in between, he came out all right in the end. Just watch what he gets his mouth around more carefully in the future, as it might be something more dangerous next time!

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  16. My boxer mix, Zoe, just gave me a huge scare. I had been playing with her outside and just put her back in my fenced yard when I noticed her mouth was foamy and drooly. I've seen other dogs with the same foamy, drooly mouth after they had eaten a toad but I'd never seen one get sick. I live in North Carolina and have never heard of poisonous/toxic toads here before so I wasn't worried. I came inside and after about 15-20 minutes saw that Zoe was drooling and staggering all over the yard. She was kicking her legs out the front and back trying to keep from falling down like she was drunk. I immediately checked on her then ran to call my husband to get home so we could take her to the vet. While waiting, I Googled her symptoms and discovered that even the Common Toad can be toxic to dogs. My gut feeling was that she had ingested something poisonous and now felt most likely it was a toad. I read this blog of yours and was 99% sure that was the culprit. I was a little relieved when I read what others had said, but I was still very afraid for her life. Zoe had been laying down when my husband got home. She perked up and was able to stand without staggering. She even walked over to get a drink of water (I cleaned & refilled the water bowl in case it might be contaminated by the toad). I washed off the inside & outside of her mouth and she drank plenty of water. I discovered that she had vomited so cleaned that out of the yard. She was hungry and I gave her a little turkey & bread. It has been about 5 hours and she seems to have made an amazing recovery. It's like it didn't even happen! Thanks for your blog! I will be more careful if I ever see my dog near a toad and if I ever see the foamy drooly mouth of a dog, I will know to clean his mouth ASAP and get him/her to a vet. I think Zoe was very lucky today.

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    1. This JUST happened to my bulldog today. Thanks to everyone for this very informative page, you may have just saved my dog's life!

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  17. This happened to my french bulldog Toby last night -- second time, god I work so hard to keep him from getting in touch with one but it was dark and he is so fast. He foamed at the mouth I was able to rinse immediately with a hose then targeted the area even more with a spray bottle nozzle full of water as getting him to stand still with the hose was a challenge. He did vomit but showed no symptoms of disorientation, staggering or weakness. He went to bed last night with us and woek up this morning drank water, ate, walked, his normal routine, is it safe?

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    1. Generally I feel like if a dog is walking, eating, drinking and being his usual self you're in the clear. It's when they stop eating and drinking, or being lethargic that I start to worry.

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  18. My 1 month old pitbull puppy eaten frog comanly found at homes after 30 min she started womiting tell me she his alright or not

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    1. Follow the steps I outlined above and get a hold of your vet!

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  19. My dog ate a poison toad last week. My parents brought her to the vet as she began having multiple seizures and heart attacks. It was horrible and she almost died. She now has a damaged liver and heart and possibly some to her brain. She will be on meds for a month but she's slowly recovering. Thank you for this article as now I'll know what to do if a dog is ever poisoned again!

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  20. my chihuahuas have done this a few times, i rinse their mouths out, give them peanut butter and benadryl, fixes hem right up. Sadly they don't learn from the experience! and have reoccuring evens.

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  21. My puppy swallowed the leg of a frog and started foaming for about few minutes and felt nauseated. i rinsed her mouth and she was fine after that. After 5 days from this incident she started vomiting whatever she eats and now she has become lean and am worried. here in my city that is Hyderabad, India, vets arent so caring and are commercial. it takes lot of time for the vet to find out what's wrong with the dog. in this case i trust internet more than a vet. can anybody suggest me some medicines to stop vomiting and what kind of food should i feed her?

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  22. My 7 year old Jack Russell just had a toad in her mouth and it scared me! Normally when a toad wanders in our yard, she normally just stands there and states at it but tonight when we went to evict the toad out of the yard, she went to put it her mouth and I don't know whether she licked it or what but she instantly backed away gagging. She never foamed at the mouth but I did my best to rinse her mouth out. She became a bit restless and about a 1/2 hour later she threw up a small pile of foam. I called a vet and described what was happening and he said that should be the extent of it. Now she's finally laying down. I just hoped she learned her lesson.

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  23. Why don't my dog learn not to bite big frogs ? He has done it twice already and was sick and throwing up, Thank you for your information.

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