Stop Poisonous Bufo Toads from Poisoning Your Dog

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Posted by Scissorgurl (Honolulu, Hi) on 07/21/2011

I moved to Hawaii 7 months ago and have never heard of a Bufo Toad. I have to boston terriers about 20 to 25lbs each and luckily the 1st time I caught it right away and rinsed there mouths being sure to keep them from not swallowing the water, its hard but try your best. It worked best for me to lay them on there side so it would drain out. And if the jaw locks up I used my sons fork that has the rubber grip to prey his mouth open to get some air. And then once you get them able to move a little and breathe go to the vet if not sooner. After that the vet told me they come out at night so be careful so after 5 I NEVER let them outside I only walked them on a leash. During the day I never saw them until monday afternoon I let them out while I had people delivering my sons bed and when I went to get them less than an hour later I found one dog already dead and the other I took to the vet. He stayed 3 days and now has edema on his left side the vet said he has never seen that before but he is ok. They are litter mates so I worry about him, This has been so difficult I dont know how I am going to get through this I feel like its my fault and I know people said they didnt want to kill the toads but I will now go out of my way to do so if I see one because they killed my family member. These are no joke! Watch out and take precautions. R. I. P Monk! You were the greatest dog!

Replied by Mrsmike6
(Boynton Beach, Florida)

My question I suppose is what I have read a little about here. What can you do around the outside of your house? I read something about cedar? What else can you do? I have 2 mini dachshunds and am scared for them! I had a Bofu toad IN my garage this morning when I went out to get my newspaper! I took a long handled broom and ushered it outside. I will continue to go outside with my dogs to make sure it went away! What can I do outside my home to help keep them away OR make it unattractive to those creepy things. Thank You. Michaeleen

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Posted by Kristin (Pahoa, Hi) on 11/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My Pit has a grudge againt the Bufo frogs we have here in Hawaii and I find it interesting that nobody seems to know they exist here too! The last two weekends in a row he has gotten ahold of one. Luckily he didn't swallow it, just shook it. He immediate began froth at the mouth, his jaw locked up. I dragged him inside and started the flushing process. It usually takes about fifteen minutes of flushing with clear water and wiping gums with a wet cloth before I can even get his jaw open to start on the inside of his mouth. I know everyone says to flush the inside, but when a pitbull locks his jaw, it takes a lot more strength than I have to open it... Luckily my Pit is a big pussycat and the only danger is that he can't control his jaws when this happens.. I have noticed when they begin to unlock, they do have a tendency to involunarily snap back shut the first several times so watch your fingers!!

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Posted by Jim (Stuart, Florida) on 06/07/2008
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There are two forms of Bofus frog, only one is dangerous.

In my many years I have found that a garden hose and wasting the mouth of the dog, holding the head sideways, as quickly as possible is very effective in saving the dog. Also rub the mouth and gums. Once it gets into the blood stream, it will take 15 minutes or less to kill a dog or cat, generally a smaller size. Humans will get a rash or burning eyes so wash asap.

The bad one is the Bufo marinus. The Southern Toad is the smaller of the two, no larger then 3 inches and is not plump as the other is.

They are brown or gray-brown on top, sometimes with cream colored spots scattered across their backs, sides and legs. The underside is a sickly pale yellow, sometimes flecked with black. The back and legs are covered with spiny warts.

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Posted by Linda (Pahoa, Hawaii) on 07/06/2007
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In Hawaii and at night, the Bufo Toads rule the garden. When the garden contains several koi ponds, you better believe the toads are in residence. My large rotti/lab mix has gotten in the habit of hunting these poisonous critters. By habit, I mean she is addicted to the "high" she gets when she bites into one of these creatures. I've taken to flushing out her mouth with water using the garden hose when she approaches me and is frothing at the mouth. Eyes glazed, rolling on the lawn, and snorting, she appears to be having a grand old time. The only way I can prevent her from indulging in this toad sport is to tie her up or keep her in the house at night. The toads are an asset in the garden as they keep the centipede population in check as both creatures are nocturnal. We are learning to co-exist and I am lucky my dog weighs over 100 lbs and is only mildly affected by this toad venom.

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Posted by Cnf (Wilton Manors, Florida) on 02/24/2015

Bufo toads are also out in the mornings so please make sure your animal is closely watched. My 15 pound dog is alive thanks to the quick action of the emergency vet hospital.

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Posted by Colleen (Wesley Chapel, Florida) on 06/20/2009

I was very lucky when one of my mini doxins bit a bofus toad.This was the first time I have ever heard of this toad. After the dogs went outside and got into there crates for the night I heard two of my dogs howling and crying. I go to there crates to see what was going on and my sallest younger doxie was laying on his back. He did not wag his tail when I came in the room and I knew some thing was wrong. He had already thrown up in his crate. I took him out and he was frozen in the fetal position with his eyes hardly open. The first thing I did was take off his colar then I wrinsed him off in the bath tub because he was covered in this sort of sticky slimy stuff I kept trying to open his mouth but he had lock jaw. Finaly I got his mouth open and made sure he wasn't chocking on something. I wraped him in a towel and kept rubing him to keep him warm. His mom came over and licked his nose and kept a watchful eye on him. A few mins. after that his stomach started to rumble. He threw up again. He started to come out of the sorta trance he was in. He also started to loosen up his body and move his legs and head. At that point I knew my praying would keep him here. About an hour after all this happened he was wagging his tail and showing the loving affection he all ways does. The next morrning he was still fine and ready to run out of the door to do his morrning duty but before I let them out I scouted the yard for more of those "killer toads" and found the one from the night before. It was dead with what looked like teeth marks on the top of his head and under the throat. I tell ya I was truly lucky that my dog survived. I love my Little Sabastian!

Replied by Jean Mazako
(Port St Lucie)

Your lucky you baby survived. My Jack Russell was 21 pounds in about 15 minutes he was almost dead. I just got him to the Vet ER in time. He was convulsing already by the time I got him there. If it happens again don't wait get him to Vet ER immediately. The smaller the dog the bigger the risk of death. IF you think your dog is poisoned again take a wash cloth with water and pry open its mouth and wipe its gums. If you try to rince the toxin away it can wash down into the stomach and poison the animal anyway.

Replied by Kathy
(Port Saint Lucie)

My yorkie also bit one. Luckily I knew to rinse his mouth with water and raced him to emergency vet! Have killed 8 so far, and my neighbors have killed 4. How can I get rid of them?

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Posted by Melissa (Miami, Fl) on 09/30/2015

Hi all. We've always lived in Miami, but recently moved futher south to Cutler Bay, FL. We have a fairly large yard and after being here 4 months we had our first toad appearance 2 weeks ago. We have 3 huskies and they are have MAJOR prey drive. My oldest almost caught it, but I yanked her back and my friend got the other 2 inside with treats. Tonight we had another incident and I was able to stop them from getting to the toad (I was right next to them with a flashlight). Now my dogs are banned from their yard :(

When we first moved I had a feeling there would be more toads down south. I googled and found PestRid. I used the spray and granules within the first month of being here. It supposedly only lasts about a month, but since we hadn't seen any I didn't re-apply. I'm about to purchase it again, but wanted to know if anybody had any reviews on it?

First to catch this toad or (toads) before applying since they are clearly in our yard. This dogs are my KIDS. I would die if something happened to them :(

Replied by Laurie
(Kapolei, Hi)

I keep hearing that yards should be treated with citric acid to kill toads, but I couldn't find it in any stores here. I should've ordered it online a long time ago. Tonight my Westie was poisoned by a toad. She is at this moment near death in the hospital. We don't know if she'll make it. She's my baby.

Replied by Mary
(Pacific Heights)

Hi, Laurie,

Deb told me yesterday that your beautiful Sage had kissed a bufo. We are so sorry for you, and regret that we didn't get a chance to help. The breeder of our first Westie (in Haiku Plantation) warned us when we picked up our puppy that toads are poisonous and that they had lost a dog following contact. You know how game Westies are! When Nancy was a couple of years old she latched onto a bufo and began frothing. We immediately washed out her mouth with a hose, and she suffered no ill effects. Her daughter also experienced the venom. Immediate recognition, and immediate washing. Another bullet dodged. On the other hand, a friend had a dog that would actively seek out and kiss a bufo, writhe ecstatically on the ground, race in circles, then repeat. Apparently the fairy tale about kissing a frog that turns into a prince has factual/hallucinogenic underpinnings! You and Sage are in our thoughts, Laurie. Fingers crossed...

Replied by Scott
(Ft Lauderdale)

My Wheaten was in the ER in May and almost died. Full system shut down. 8 days in ER, and $16,000 later, he pulled through. Last week, same exact mystery reaction.

Yesterday I noticed a large toad in my back yard. (Unfortunately, my neighbor put in a pond a few months ago and now we have toads (frogs) everywhere.) The dogs have free access in and out to the yard via dog door. When I went to remove the swampy area where the toad was living, I noticed 15 or so teeny babies all hopping around. I am 100% sure this is something my boy would eat.

I found this article because I need to kill the toads in my yard and prevent them. I have removed the wet areas as best as possible, but I need to assure they are all dying and not coming back.

Replied by Deb R
(Naples, Fl)

We almost lost our Westie last week to a Cane Toad. There is a street light in our front yard, which I understand attracts them. I found Cane Toad droppings on our driveway a month ago. Not being from FL I had no idea about these toads. Next one I see is a dead one. I can't let my dog out the front door anymore. I wish the vets in FL would warn newcomers about these deadly toads.

Replied by Heidi Knopp
(Sunrise, Fl)

Line the base of your backyard fence with galvanized chicken wire go keep the toads out. I just did this today, and it seems to be working.

Replied by Judy

I live in Aruba and we have the same problem here. My dog Bright likes to hunt and he had an encounter yesterday. Thank God we caught it in time, rinsed his mouth w a hose and got him to the vet for the anti venom. I found another toad today and tried to pour salt over it, as I was told this would kill it/ dry it up. Does any one know how long this takes, also if anyone has something that will get rid of them or deter them please share, it may be a matter of life or death.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Judy,

Please do not salt the toads - while it may eventually kill them, it will take time and the toads will suffer. If you must kill them please do so in as painless a way as possible [whack with shovel?]. Ideally you would use fencing material such as hardware cloth to fence them out of your dog area, and if that is not possible have your dog wear a muzzle to prevent him from getting a toad in his mouth. Not happy options, but as you say, life or death matter.

Replied by Jeanie
(W. Palm Beach, Fl)

I moved to W. Palm Beach a couple months ago and learned this week of the dangers of the Cane toad on pets. She said one danger beside the toxin is using the waterhose to wash out the toxin, as the water can be forced into the lungs as well as poison and can also harm or kill them. So everyone please be careful!!

Replied by Dan
(Hawaii: Big Island)

I hate Bufo toads and have about an acre of property. Every year around April (our rainy season), they mate, so be highly vigilant this time of year. Citric acid works well at killing them and it will kill them within about 3 minutes as it breaks down their skin rapidly, and will destroy their ecoskeletal muscles. Puppies both large and small breed are too inquisitive when young, so be vigilant about guarding them. I have also laid down on border of red cedar mulch around our property which they hate. It fertilizes the perimeter and retains water well. It also serves as a strong deterrent to the toads. Follow the mouth flushing procedures if your pet grabs one and use a wet washcloth to wipe roof of mouth, gumline including teeth and throat area. 15 minutes isn't a lot of time to get to a vet, so be prepared to protect your loved ones, our pets!

(Port Saint Lucie)

Around 2000 I almost lost a shar pei /rotti, if not for the quick thinking of a very smart gal he would not have survived as the Chinese half of him had already gave him a ruff start in life, it was very late and she grabbed the garden hose and aggressively rinse his face and mouth and dish cloth, he was almost dead the day I got him severely infested with ticks, and after that to almost die again from a Bufo, he lived over 15 years but every chance I get I kill Bufo I don't use chemicals as I don't want to kill other critters, they are nasty demon toads, last year I used mouse traps piece of dry dog food this you must supervise

Replied by J

Theresa, salt kills the toad quickly. We have then in our yard and we do a nightly Toad check. Any toads we can find are salted. While I know we will never get rid of all of them, this method has dismissed them greatly, the Great Dane goes out at night only under supervision after the yard has been checked and only to potty.


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Posted by Katyvan (Wpb) on 07/31/2016
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We Lost 4 Cats In One Week by Mothball Poisoning

ITMm writing this account of what happened to two of the most beautiful cats I've ever owned with the hope no one has to repeat this experience. Whiskers and Scrappy were brother and sister and ITMd had them since the day they were born.


One of the neighbors had placed mothballs under her house to repel snakes. I live in the deep south and snakes can be a problem during the hotter months. I've always associated mothballs with the funky smell in grandma's closet to repel moths.


As it turned out mothballs are an old folk remedy. Scatter them under the house and the snakes won't go there. There had been a lot of rain that week and it turned out that was the problem. The cats had gone underneath their house and drank from a puddle where the mothballs had dissolved. Mothballs contain several poisons with very long names. All of the symptoms fit.

We had lost a total of four neighborhood cats in less than a week. Maybe more that I never knew about. If this article can save even one cat from this horrible ending it will be worth it.

Can I Use Mothballs in the Garden?

Using mothballs to repel pests in the garden presents a danger to children, pets, and wildlife that visit your garden. Young children explore their surroundings by putting things in their mouth and animals might think they are food. Ingesting even a small amount of the toxic chemicals in mothballs can cause serious harm that requires immediate medical or veterinary attention. Mothballs in gardens also present a risk if you breathe the fumes or get the chemicals on your skin or in your eyes. Using mothballs in gardens also causes significant environmental problems. They usually contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both of these chemicals are highly toxic and can get into the soil and groundwater. These mothball hazards may even harm the plants you are trying to protect. Mothballs are insecticides that are controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency. This makes it illegal to use them for any purpose or by any method that isn't specified on the label. Mothballs are labeled only for use in closed containers for the control of clothes moths.

The Facts about Mothballs

Mothballs, moth flakes, crystals, and bars are insecticides that are formulated as solids. As such, mothballs are registered as pesticides because they contain high concentrations of one of two active ingredients — naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene (sometimes referred to as 1,4-dichlorobenzene). Through sublimation, they exude gas, acting as a fumigant. Paradichlorobenzene is also found in deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets.


Naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene, the active ingredients in mothballs, are registered as pesticides. As such, their label directions carry the force of the law, including use intent and the sites where they may legally be used. Using mothballs with the intent of repelling various forms of wildlife is not a legal use of these materials and can result in penalties. Always read and follow pesticide label directions.

Replied by Amar
(Trinidad And Tobago)

I hate those toads... Had d best fox beagle hounds a pair of brothers.. Normally I would lock them in d kennel at night time since these toads are a real problem on our 10 acre property... New years day one of them got out of his kennel and seems he bit a toad.. Came home to find him dead frothing at his mouth... Now his brother misses him alot... Going toad shooting later...

Posted by Ohnoice (Coral Springs, Fl.) on 08/01/2009
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Moth balls do keep killer toads out of your yard!!! Remember, these toads dig under fences as well as squeeze through. Place moth balls around outer fence about 2-3" apart. Repeat as often as needed. No animal will eat them if a toad doesn't like the smell!! so, bravo to the person that came up with this idea, and thank you. Mollie, boomer, and blake.

Replied by Nancy
(South Florida)
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NO! Do not use mothballs. They will poison dogs, cats and even children who might get their hands on them.

Posted by Mary (Baltimore, MD/USA) on 03/01/2009
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Thank you for the information you shared on some toads being poisonous, and the problem this is with dogs. I would like to comment on or question the 'remedy' submitted about using moth balls placed around the property to repell the toads. I believe the moth balls themselves may be a problem because of toxic fumes, or possible ingestion by animals.

Posted by Donna (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) on 07/06/2008
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Bufo Toad Remedies: I tried the mothballs and they did NOT work at all. They smelled bad and I had to collect them all back up. It was a "bad' experience.

Posted by Kathy (Homestead, Florida) on 10/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I live in South Florida where Bufo Toads are abundant. I have several acres and have 8 dogs, Bufos are my worst nightmare! But as it has happened by accident I think I have found a way to keep BUFOs away or at least reduced in amounts!! I heard that MOTH BALLS repels snakes and snails which I have plenty of those also since I live just outside the Everglades. In the past 6 months since I have put the moth balls around my fence line....I have found ONLY 1 BUFO toad where I usually find at least 10 a day!! Im so happy!! but still on guard because you have to keep putting the moth balls down....ALSO...I have had many of my dogs get Bufo poisoned...and the thing that works best for me is simply rinsing the dogs mouth out forcefully with a garden hose and IMMEDIATELY afterwards giving the dog 100mgs of BENADRYL (OTC) like a charm. Havent had any problems at all...but the best is to prevent them from coming to your property...and so far...MOTH BALLS WORK! no snakes or snails either!

Replied by Jenny
(Pageland, Sc)

I wish I had looked into moth balls.. I did try wasp spray. I recently found out about these d___ frogs and sadly answers have not come soon enough. We have had two english mastiffs in our 8 acres with underground fence. One day our boy 200lb. decided to have a taste I guess and we thought it was a seizure he was having or rabies crossed my mind except he had that shot... So I talked to my mom and she mentioned she knew a friend once whose dog would react similar from eating frogs???since I had mentioned to her how I had 5 toads that scared me getting in my car one morning hopping around the garage door to get out. My husband believed me but assumed I was being over dramatic mom.. So I noticed the shaking legs when he would try to sit and a huge puddle of foamy drool he had created somehow.. This spaced out non reactive face but when I try to get him water he wouldnt drink so I poured it down the side of him until he drank and drank and drank.. Then within 10 min. or so he was alert and acting regular again. My husband and I made sure dogfood stayed cleaned up too since they are attracted to it. We had hoped he had quit but when I noticed more frog poop (disgusting little terds!! ) all in our garage and concrete drive.. Patio. I knew they were back my husband had put up a bug light to zap bugs away.. Hoping that would help from situation. It did and we hadnt seen any for awhile til all of these every other night rain storms in summer. Then we had come back from vacation the kennel had said he was having hard time with the heat and breathing had sounded rough. So after a big storm he had disappeard never having left the fence in 4yrs I was freaked! Couldn't find him anywhere horrible thoughts of what could have happened to him crossed my mind. But we found him dead floating in the pond out behind our house beyond the fence. I will be buying a ton of moth balls to scatter around property now. He weighed so much that it didnt kill him instantly it was the constant chasing them out in the woods and yard at night that finally caught up with him, Iguess. Our female hasn't really had anything going on except a couple weeks back her eye was really swollen.. Which the vet said to give her Benadryl which I did and it was down the next day.. Come to find out about it now it was possibly a reaction also from the toads. Now we have to deal with the loss and a lonely girl.. so she has extra attention now.

Replied by Charley
(Thonotosassa, Fl)
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Ok, everyone. Be careful about washing sour dogs mouths out with the hose. You don't want to force the poison down into their stomachs and the benadryl. 100mg! Make sure your dog is big enough to handle that dosage. Might kill a 4 pound Yorkie.


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Posted by Jess (Palm Beach Gardens, Fl) on 07/16/2011
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My Cairn has become obsessed with catching toads and has caught two of the poisonous Bufos. Both times were outside normal vet hours. The first time after washing out her mouth we rushed her to the emergency clinic on Northlake. The bill was almost $500. The second time we took her to the new clinic in the Publix plaza on Hood Road. The bill was over $900 this time for the same treatment. She now wears a "cage" muzzle any time she is in the yard and when we walk at night. I ordered the muzzle from Pet Supplies on Northlake. Cost was $15 and she got used to it after one walk. The muzzle is like a little catchers mask for dogs and there is plenty of room to pant but she cannot bite anything. It buckles behind her head and is designed to hook to her collar but I got a collar with a snap catch to hook permanently to the muzzle.

Replied by Rosalia

That is the most awesome and logical thing I ever heard, thank you, that's exactly what I'll do!!!!

Replied by Elliott
(Wellington, Fl)

Jess... that is an awesome and elegantly simple solution. We have 3 rescue dogs and one has a part time job in the evenings: catching Bufo toads! I will order a 'cage' muzzle so that I can continue to let her out into the back yard at night! Thanks!!

Replied by Laurie
(Kapolei, Hi)

I have a Westie who is very willful. I can't imagine her tolerating a cage muzzle, but it may be a solution.

Replied by Marcia
(Juno Beach, Fl)

We recently moved to S Florida, but didn't know how dangerous and deadly these toads could be. My 16 year old Jack Russell grabbed a Bufo toad this morning. Shortly after, I saw him stumbling around. He had a history of seizures, but I knew this was different when he went into convulsions and his jaws locked.

I grabbed him up and headed for the nearest vet. Juno Vet Hospital is less than a mile away and when we burst in around 9 am, everyone there sprang into action administering anti-convulsants, some Valium, and oxygen. They continued to flush his system with IV fluids throughout the day. Around noon he was improving and was able to eat a full meal.

When they closed at 5 felt he was able to come home with me. He is resting and exhausted, but alive and his vision returned. The vets and staff at Juno Veterinary Hospital saved his life. And we had never even been there before. I rescued this little dog over 15 years ago, and the vets at Juno Veterinary Hospital rescued him again!

Replied by Barbara

Bufo Toads and Muzzling:

My two dogs are ShihTzu's and have tried in the stores and muzzles won't stay on them because they have no noses and can just paw it off. Any suggestions for an alternative???? Also, have any of you tried the Pest Rid granules and spray around the yard, etc. with results, yay or nay????

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Barbara,

The company Canine Friendly makes a short snout dog muzzle - you might look it up online to see if that would suit.

Replied by Chad
(New York)

Thank you, this is what I was here for info on, can you post a pic of the muzzle? And would you say this worked extremely well? I was browsing and haven't yet come across a muzzle I think looks like a good fit.

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Posted by Karen (Saint Augustine, Florida) on 06/15/2007
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I have two pointer mixes (60-70 lbs. each, I'm sure a smaller dog may not have been so lucky!) who have been "exposed" or bit the "bufo" toad. There was immediate foaming and I was able to make him drink alot of water. This has happened twice. I've since noticed as the summer is progressing the frogs getting trapped in the dogs outside water bowl. I deduced that by putting a container of water away from the area where the dogs go, the toads are trapped and moved away.

Replied by Jean
(Port St Lucie, Fl)

This weekend my male jack Russell got ahold of a bufo toad. We almost lost him. We did all the right things and got him to the vet in time. He was a overnight guest at the vets, but he is fine now. The vet told us, if you leave a bowl of water outside and the frog lays in it and then disappears and the dog comes up behind it and takes a drink, the dog can still be poisoned.

Replied by Lisa
(South Florida)

I was just reading all of these comments, desperate to find a way to keep these toads out of my yard, or at least a way to protect my dog. I really like the idea of the muzzle at night. As soon as this season started, one big fat toad declared our backyard as his new home. One thing you should never do if your dog has come in contact with one of these nasty creatures is to have them drink water. If you do this, you are driving the toxin further into their system. Take a rag or washcloth, or hand if you have nothing else, and rinse the toxin off the tongue, upper mouth, and sides of the mouth. You don't want it to get any farther in. I hope all our babies stay safe this season!

Replied by Elliott
(Wellington, Fl)


You are absolutely correct about using a washcloth to wipe the dogs mouth out. It may be somewhat difficult to open the dog's jaws wide enough to do this, but persist. It is fine to use a hose (not 'high' pressure water flow). The hose should be moved 'side to side' and not up and down. We don't want to wash the toxin down toward the dog's throat. Try to point the dog's snout somewhat downward while using the hose. This directs the water to just come out and drip to the ground (instead of being swallowed with the toxin). The wet washcloth is what the emergency vet recommended... just take a wet cloth and wipe the inside of the dogs mouth (cheeks, roof of mouth and tongue). Rinse out the cloth frequently. You need to do a thorough job and spend the time necessary to do this right... say 5-10 minutes maybe?? Then, watch the dog to see if gums are bright red and hot to touch, if still foaming and salivating profusely, pacing, etc. Don't take chances if the dog still seems distressed. You may not have a lot of time to get dog to vet in that case. Charcoal capsules may be helpful if the dog has actually ingested the toxin. I ALSO LOVE THE IDEA OF THE CAGE MUZZLE WHEN LEAVING DOG OUTSIDE!

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Posted by Gmacookie (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 09/28/2012
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I realized Red Cedar Mulch is the same smell as mothballs so spread it as mulch on the 3 planting areas in my patio that are up against the fence, plus all along the fence where there are no planting areas. This is where the bufo toads come underneath and into the patio. I spread a half a big bale (got it at Kmart as the ones at Walmart are the smaller bales) about a week ago and so far they're staying out. It also looks nice! And I don't have to worry about my bichon/poodle picking up mothballs to play with. I used to use the red cedar all around my house foundation when I had a house, and once a year I'd spead it to keep away pests and bugs of all kinds. THen I made a long tube kind of like a draft stopper, from a piece of nylon netting that was a shower scrub (a buck or so at Walmart), filled it up with the red cedar and use it under the gate. I can move it easily when I go in and out the gate but at night it's there and keeps the toads out.

Replied by Joan

Would like to know what ingredient is in red cedar mulch that is supposed to deter Bufo frogs.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Joan,

I did a bit of research to see if cedar oil repelled toads and I could find nothing to support it. Cedar oil is known to repel insects. Let us know if you use it and if it works for toads please!

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