Frogs and Toads may be innocent-looking creatures just trying to mind their own business, but if one ends up in your dog’s mouth the outcome might not be so innocent. Here’s what you need to know and do.
What to do if my dog eats a frog? Seek immediate medical attention from your local veterinarian and then follow this procedure (explained further below)
1. Rinse out your dog’s mouth with water
2. Place your dog’s paws in cold water
3. Use activated charcoal tablets to protect their stomach
4. Raise their head and cover the body with a blanket
5. Call a vet as soon as possible
Symptoms To Watch For
Symptoms will vary in strength depending on the size of your dog and how many toxins entered into their system.
The following symptoms can all be signs that your dog has been poisoned.
1. Excessive drooling/frothing from the mouth
2. Dizziness/lack of coordination
3. Dark red gums
8. Irregular heartbeat
9. Difficult breathing
11. Hyperthermia (getting very hot)
12. Pawing at their mouth
What To Do If Your Dog Eats a Frog (Emergency Action)
Although there are some things you can do at home you should always immediately call your local vet so they can provide you with assistance, either at your home or over the phone.
Time is extremely important and dogs that receive professional emergency help very quickly will have the best chance of surviving.
In the meantime, you can help by carefully doing the following.
Here’s what to do if your dog eats a frog
1. Rinse out your dog’s mouth with water for up to 10 minutes to remove excess toxins. Keep their head down so they do not drink the water.
2. Place your dog’s paws in cold water. This will help protect them from overheating. If your dog has a seizure be careful not to go near their mouth as they may bite, talk to them and reassure them.
3. Use Activated Charcol tablets to absorb the toxins from their body, and protect the lining of their stomach
4. Raise their head and cover the body with a blanket, this will calm them and also help them to breathe better.
5. Transport your dog to the nearest emergency vet as soon as possible.
Source HealthyPets Mercola
The Difference Between Frogs & Toads
One thing is for sure, your dog will NOT like the taste of either a Frog or a Toad and will spit them back out very quickly. Unfortunately, this will be too late (if the Frog or Toad is toxic)
According to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, there’s scientifically NO difference between Frogs and Toads, however, there are certain characteristics and traits that do set them apart.
Frogs are more aquatic and prefer to live in wetter areas, whereas, toads prefer to live in dry places but still near to some water.
Frogs also have wetter more slimy/smooth skin compared toads that have dry bumpy skin. Toads do not have teeth whereas frogs do.
Both Frogs and Toads pose serious threats to your dog but it’s more common to have issues with toads, due to them living in dryer areas. LIKE YOUR YARD!
FACT: There are currently more than 6000 species of Anura (Frogs and Toads) worldwide Source
Can Frogs Or Toads Kill My Dog
Due to the huge species group, the toxicity of frogs and toads vary greatly. If your dog has a run-in with the wrong frog or toad, it could be life-threatening.
One of the most common Toad (sometimes mistaken for a frog) that can be found all over the world (except for very cold climates) is called the Bufo Marinus also known as the Cane Toad. This toad can kill dogs, cats, and small animals with its highly toxic substance which secretes from behind its eyes and through the skin. Cane Toads LOVE dog food, so it’s recommended to keep your dog food bowl inside your house. Source
There are many more species that have enough toxicity to kill dogs or at least make them very sick. Therefore, it would be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local species that can be found where you live.
Usually, it will be a mixture of these symptoms, and your dog will display severe discomfort and will be acting completely different to how they usually are. Pawing at their mouth, drooling, whimpering and weakness can be easily identified.
Where In The World Are You?
Depending on your location there will be certain species of frogs and toads that can pose a threat to your dog.
The deadly Cane toad can actually be found all over the world. The Cane toad is quite infamous in the southeastern region of USA source
Some species are limited to certain climates, like tropical / hot climates, dry climates or more stable climates. You should do your due diligence and for the safety of your dog, find out the species that may be toxic in your specific area.
Thank you for reading, please always seek professional help and advice.
The information given here is helpful guidelines only. In an emergency situation always seek professional help from a trained veterinarian.
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