Stop Poisonous Bufo Toads from Poisoning Your Dog

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Posted by Donna (Sunrise, United States) on 07/06/2008
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re: salt and bufu frogs

Actually, salt CAN work. Sometimes yes and sometimes no. You have to chase them and keep pouring it over them until they're totally covered. They may survice, they may die later and still be "out there" dead and somewhat poisonous. It's definitely worth trying but again there's always more.


Salt
Posted by Craig Wolf (Coconut Creek, Florida) on 04/05/2008
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I was told that salt works on Buffos the same way it works on slugs. Since they are made up of mostly water the salt gets into the poors of the skin and dried up their skin and affects their nervous system.

Replied by Annabelle
(Delray Beach, FL)
07/16/2009

Nice to hear such a humane and logical point of view, all good points and very well stated. Give yourself a pat on the back for being one of the very few to problemsolve the issue while still promoting decency by respecting the living things we share our environments with.

Replied by Excellent Adventure
(Hobe Sound, Fl)
10/03/2010

Dear Fellow Animal Lovers: The bofus in Florida are not natural creatures. They are an invasive species brought in from elsewhere and are a great danger to small animals. Killing them, in my mind is okay. They are strong, persistent, smart, and will not leave your yard even though they realize that you have become their new worst enemy. No bleeding hearts for these guys, they are an invasive danger. From another animal lover.

Replied by Walter
(Hialeah, Fl, Usa)
06/02/2012

Regarding the use of salt for the Florida Marine Frog/Toad, yes there may be a more 'Humane" method if you are fast enough to catch the critter. First, you don't chase the frog/toad with a salt shaker. I have boxes of table and Kosher salt and take a handful and toss it on them. At this time in Miami Dade County the rain is at its worst and the critters are even out all day. My Dogs are my kids, since my children are grown. We lost one due to age a few months ago and it was terrible. I still when time to feed the dogs get one "extra" helping of food sometimes forgeting that she is gone. This morning my wife while escorting two dogs out to do there business one of them went after a toad, and might have gotten some poison. She immediately grabbed the dog and water hose and rinsed his mouth. She woke me up and by the time I had my clothes on since the episode occured 10 or 15 minutes had passed. We got the dog into the car and the Vet was not open yet but the overnight person who monitors the animals told us of another Animal Clinic several minutes away. We went there and they were not open yet? Now we are approaching the hour mark after the incident occured. Most Vets will agree that in most cases 15 minutes or so the animal will die. It has been two hours and the dog is calm, stopped drooling and with the Grace of God seems to be himself [somewhat] again. It is pouring rain again at about 09:00 A. M. here in Miami pouring rain and you can hear the Frogs/Toads making noise in the yard.

Our Vet on one ocassion came out to the waiting room and scolded everyone for not being more careful; regarding this issue, she just had to an animal "down".

In closing, , , , prayer helps, God Bless!

Replied by Linda
(New Port Richey, Fl)
06/24/2017

Of course, it is so much more humane to allow a dog or cat to cook internally from the effects of the poison. These toads, by the way, are an invasive species and are destroying the ecosystem in Florida. Which part of that is humane to everything that dies because these toads aren't even supposed to be here?


Snake Deterrent

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Posted by Blondie (Boynton Beach, Florida ) on 04/27/2015
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To deter bufo toads around the house and patio we've used a product called "snake a way", sold at Walmart and a similar product is sold at Home Depot with moth crystals. It doesn't keep all of them away but has deterred many. We live on a lake and have found them in the front yard, but have kept them out of the back.


Ted's Remedies

Posted by Sarah (Boynton Beach, FL) on 12/07/2006

I don't let my dog out in my fenced backyard at night during the summer without escorting him because I've seen deadly poison bufo toads. I killed one, and it sprayed me with the milky secretions that would have killed my dog. Can you suggest anything that would keep bufos out of my yard? Thank you."


Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Sarah: It takes only 15 minutes for a bufo toad poison to kill the dog, so you need to find a way to prevent that or at least give the dog some common home antidotes when a poisoning does occur that might help this problem.

The method of poisoning that bufo toads employs is the secretion by which it shoots at the victim up to 2 meters of the white liquid secretions called bufotoxin which is used in much smaller amounts to as a medicine to treat hepatitis B and also in the making of poisonous darts. Fortunately, the toad is only found in U.S. in Florida area.

I often believe that bufo toads in general do not attack its victim, but because we are getting in its way or know it is being attacked. Dogs and cats are commonly poisoned, but mostly dogs because they tend to bite or provoke the toads. One way to prevent the dogs to bite is to put a muzzle over the dog's mouth to the prevent dog from biting when it sees a toad. So the worst that can happen is that it will get the liquids sprayed into the eye of the dog, which can be washed immediately. The dog won't be poisoned as much as orally when biting the toads.

The other thing is to control the toad population and set a trap. One trap is to dig a hole in the ground and put a large bucket so that the height of the bucket reaches ground level - so a minimum of 5 gallons up. It should be high enough that the toads cannot jump out of the bucket. You can also use a much larger area to dig, like a baby tub, only that you have to dig a hole large enough so that the toads can fall.

The second thing is you need to get a light bulb well protected from rainwater so that it doesn't blow up the lightbulb where the thin wood stick out to the center of the large bucket or baby's tub. When you do set up the tub, be sure to apply plenty of motor oil so it will be very slippery that there is no way the can climb out.

Also make sure that the baby tub is steep enough that the toad cannot climb up. Whenever it reaches the night, the bugs will be attracted to the lights, and the bufo toads will see the bugs and attempt to jump on to the baby tub or the 5 gallon bucket. Make sure the tub of the baby tub exceeds or equal to about 10 inches. A giant toad can jump to the height of up to 10 inches. If it is not tall enough you may need to either dig a little deeper so that it is below the ground level, making the escape more difficult.

If at all possible, usually not, but clearing water from the ground and making it dry will keep the toads away through improving drainage.

In case of poisoning of toads, by a dog or cats a one possible antidote is plenty of vinegar plus some hydrogen peroxide 1% which can help, but won't neutralize everything as some have some vasoconstrictor elements in the bufotoxin venom poisoning. However, the easiest access of common remedies I can think of in dire emergencies that is everywhere appears to be only vinegar. So bathing plenty of vinegar might help. Raw white eggs, uncooked if eaten, might help and can be poured on the dogs mouth to suck up the toxins. Bentonite clay or activated charcoal in powder form is another possibility to suck up the toxin from the surrounding area. Whatever you do, you still need to send the dog to a vet who can further do treatment.

It is not a perfect antidote, but it is better than not do anything."

Replied by Johnny
(Orlando, Fl)
06/03/2009

This article is BS !! Cane, Marine, or Bufo Toads CANNOT shoot or squirt toxin. Period. This is an old wifes tale. (Like porcupines being able to throw it's quills) Also these toads not only exist in South Florida but most of the Caribbean and South America.

Just don't eat one!
Dr J.H."


09/24/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl replies: "I was born and raised in Puerto Rico (Caribbean) and the first time I have encountered a Bufo Toad has been here in Florida."


03/29/2011: Pd from Tampa, Fl replies: "These toads are all over florida. i live in tampa, in a residential area and do not have a pond or lake on property and they are all over our yard. we have six dachshunds and have had 2 of our dogs get the poisoning. lucky for us we were there to wash out mouths, etc immediately and they are ok. i do not like killing any animal and actually we work in dog rescue, but i can tell you 100% these are extremely dangerous to small dogs/cats and death is usually in 15-20 minutes if too much poison is ingested. we kill all bofu toads in our yard, typically by freezing them. at night and early morning, we have a small confined area where we let the dogs out and we walk the area first with a rake to try and make sure there are none there before letting the dogs out. but we have a frog gig handy just in case. this am, our female got one, we had to gig it, kill it and then rinse out the dogs mouth, luckily she was fine. i know it is not the frogs fault, natural defenses, etc. but i am not going to let them kill my pets... so i will do whatever it takes to kill any bofu that gets into my yard. just wish i could figure how to keep them out.

Replied by Wolvi2004
(Wahiawa, Hi)
03/28/2012

Bufo Toads live in Australia and in Hawaii... Look it up... I know about Hawaii because I live there and I have a couple of Bufo Toads that hide out in our plants and yard... None have excreted any of us and I handled one for quite away before I looked up what it was.. No longer will I touch them nor will my child but as long as we leave them alone they seem to be fine... They are not only located in Florida.

Chloe
(Naples, Florida)
05/31/2018

You need to look it up! FLORIDA IS INFESTED WITH THEM. Now that summer is here its even worse. There are warnings all over. The LOCAL news, vets office. I just saw one bringing my trash cans back in garage. I just took my little dog out to go potty & was near where I took her. I have a large man made pond in back of my place & hear them nightly. Mating season. They were planted in the cane feilds & now are classified as a nuisance. They multiply more then rabbits & nothing eats them. GREAT!!!! I'm 25 min from nearest vet too.

Replied by Trish
(Jupiter, Fl, Usa)
05/14/2012

My mini schaunzer bit a bufo toad Saturday evening. After $1000 vet er, she did live, but only made their with seconds to spare. I hate the damn toads, as both of my schnauzers have had run ins. My vet said they are protected? I have to get rid of these beasts.

Replied by Silvercat
(Naples, Florida)
06/15/2012

I live in a senior citizens mobile home park and we have hundreds of these toads in the park, coming from a pond behind our homes. One elder lady was walking her small dog and it had contact with one and was dead within the hour. My daughter age (age 55) has been on a mission to eradicate these dangeous critters. She has trapped and eliminated over 50 of them in the past week. While on her "patrol" last night she stopped and rubbed her face with the gloves still on and this morning she woke up sick and is in bed with fever, aching muscles and nausea. We don't know if it's the reason but be very careful of letting the secretions on your flesh. We froze the carcasses for three days and then put them in a sealed plastic bag and put them in the trash containers. Just a word to the wise, be very careful!

Replied by Jo
(Fort Myers, United States, Dollar (usd))
07/28/2012

Dr D. H. Sorry to burst your bubble but they sure can! I encountered 4 large ones in my driveway one night, not my first encounter so I'm equipped with nets, etc to catch them, and proceded to try to catch as many as I could. One of them was about 6' from my garage door and released his toxin which shot up and literally splattered about 2/3 of the way up my door. I wouldn't count on them not being able to spray as I think you'll be wildly surprised! What I want to know is how do we eradicate them??? Jo in Ft Myers

Replied by Annie
(Salome, Az)
09/16/2012

We have Bufo Alverious in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. My very small Yorkie got hold of one that was road kill. Toad jerky. She chewed on it a bit before I knew she had it. She threw up all night long, but was better in the morning. I had washed her mouth out and gave her a dose of Carafate that I keep for my other old Yorkie that has stomach problems, but she was still very sick. It happened on a Saturday night and we live no where near a Vet or Vet clinic. She is fine now, but I REALLY watch her when we go for a walk.

Replied by Darcie
(Homestead, Florida)
11/22/2012

11/22/12 Up until 2 days ago I never gave any thought to these ugly creatures. I knew about them and had heard that they were lethal to dogs but never thought that I would EVER have a problem. To make a long story short , my 5lb Yorkie got hold of one 2 days ago , I flushed his mouth out and rushed him to the vet(20 mins in total) and now 2 days later he is dead. SO I now comb the yard at night and early morning before I let my other dogs out. Trust me until you have lost a beloved pet to one of these frogs you have no idea of the guilt that you feel.

Replied by Ryoga2769
(Sanford, Flordia)
12/04/2012

I see this all the time most toads people run into are normal ground toads. There slightly toxic dont let your dog eat one. Talk to your vet on what you should do if he does. Stop killing them. Cane toads are very diffrent though. It is easy to tell what kind of toads you have if they are small they are not cane toads. If they are the size of a small cat well that you have a problem.

Replied by Barbara
(North Miami Beach Florida)
10/12/2016

My dashound was bitten by a Bufo toad. I almost lost him, he started crying and my son went outside and picked him up and I saw him foaming at the mouth. I wash his mouth with lots of water and took him to a vet he was crying in my lap of pain along with me we got to the vet he had a convulsion they gave him ivy and thank God he pulled. Through 650$ it cost me my son found a toad later and killed it but I got salt and put it in the yard. I'm going to get mulch. I hate these toads


Towel Off, Apply Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Jukie (Hanover Pk, IL) on 04/06/2020
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My senior pitbull hunts toads when he is let into my back yard in the summer and he has killed several. I used to live in great fear of him encountering toads and I constantly checked on him in the yard. Three times I have discovered him unresponsive, drooling, panting and glossy eyed while standing in the yard near a large dead toad (eeuw!) and he was apparently in great distress or going into shock. My first reaction was to grab the water hose and try to flush his tongue sideways but I quickly realized he was swallowing the poison, so I ran and grabbed a large bath towel and wet one end with water. I first used the dry end of the towel to wipe the dogs tongue from as far back of the throat possible, forward to absorb the poison. Next I soaked up saliva from both jowels with unused portions of the dry end of the towel.

I repeated this procedure but this time, with the dripping wet end of the towel.

Lastly, I turn the wet end of the towel over to the clean side and drenched it with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. I then slathered the tongue from the back forward and also jowels, turning the towel to unused portions for each mouth area. I repeated the procedure with an unused portion of the vinegar drenched towel but allowed some ACV to trickle down the dog's throat. By the time I finished this procedure, my dog was fully responsive each time and with no need for follow up. He is 14 years old now and he still has a high prey drive but I no longer worry as much since discovering this remedy.

Hope this helps!


Vinegar

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Posted by David (Naples, Fl.) on 04/17/2015
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My dog was sprayed by a Bufo Toad, had to rush her to a vet and they saved her. I called the pest control and they told me to spread some Sea Salt all over the yard, and I did. When I did that, 3 toads ran for the canal, so yes that stuff really worked.


Vinegar
Posted by Grateful (West Palm Beach, FL) on 05/21/2009
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Vinegar cured a dog poisoned by a bufo frog

We live in rural South Florida and have a lot of bufo frogs in the yard. Our small dog was outside in the evening after a rain, when it was prime weather for them to be out. When my wife called him in, he didn't come. She found this unusual, so went out to find him, and he was staggering around in circles under a bush. She came in to call for me to help, but by the time we were able to get to him he had fallen over and had lost all motor control. He had clearly been poisoned by a frog.

By the time we got him inside where we could see him in the light, he looked done for. We are a long way from an emergency vet and doubted we could get him there in time. Within the first couple of minutes he could not move a muscle and his eyes were rolling back in his head. Although we washed out his mouth as best we could with his jaw locked, he had ingested too much poison already. I also noticed his ears were sticky, which from what I read now after the fact sounds consistent with the poison.

In desperation I ran a quick search on the web for remedies and ran across your site. I tried vinegar as you recommended, and when I spilled it on the outside of his mouth or got some in with an eyedropper he licked his lips - his tongue must have been the last muscle he could use and I suppose it was an involuntary reaction. By then he had gone entirely stiff with all his muscles contracted, and only his tongue and eyes were moving. He probably drank (not including spillage) about 1/4 cup of vinegar - this for a 10 pound dog - before we started to slow it down, as that's a lot of vinegar. Relative to size, that's like an adult person drinking a quart or so. Ugh! We also kept petting him, talking to him, stretching his limbs, and stimulating his paws and tail to try to get back sensation - I have no idea if this was useful or not.

After about 15 minutes with no apparent change I was trying to get him to take some egg white, as I read elsewhere, but with little luck. We still doubted whether he was going to make it. However, he slowly started moving his head to follow my daughter around, then stretched his front paws, and shortly stood back up and started staggering around again. Within a few more minutes, he was walking more normally but in circles, and a few minutes later was running around the house with his tail back out. He isn't quite himself yet an hour later, but we're hoping the remaining effects will wear off. It was a remarkable recovery after we'd assumed that we had lost him.

It sure seemed like the vinegar did it, unless the effects were wearing off on their own. Thanks for the recommendation!

Replied by Marjorie
(Sebring, Florida)
08/30/2009

My Yorkshire Terrier got a Bufo Toad this morning - I had trouble getting it from him. I had to give him a piece of baked chicken which he grabbed and I grabbed that awful toad. I tried to flush his mouth out with water but only got a little when he had locked his jaws. I got an empty vitamin bottle dropper and tried rinsing his mouth with the dropper, sticking it in his mouth and wiping off the slime. I immediately shoved 1/2 Benadryl in his mouth. He did swallow it. I had called my vet. By this time he had gone into convulsions, had had bowel movements and was in a seizure. I held him, and prayed. The vet asked if I had any seizure medication - I had some of my own. Topamax Sprinkle caps. She heard him making sounds and said, give him a little of it - it can't hurt and it may save his life. So I pried open his jaws and sprinkled a tiny bit of the sprinkles in from the capsule. I sat and calmed him, massaging him and praying. Then when the convulsions had subsided I had to drive 45 minutes to get to an animal hospital. He was stiff and his eyes were fixed but the pupils were darting. They immediately put him on IV's, and did tests. His heart was okay. I don't know what all they did but my little dog survived. He is still at the hospital overnight to watch for seizure activity but when I visited him this afternoon he was alert, kissing me, stood up and walked some. It is a miracle and I honestly believe It was the prayer that saved him. He was dying. I wished I had known about the vinegar because honestly, trying to rinse water out of a dog's mouth who has been in contact with one of those toads is almost impossible.

Replied by Lita209
(Sanford, Fl)
09/24/2009

I had no idea about these frogs until couple of years ago, when one Saturday I had some family visiting me and I let the dogs out in the backyard for a little while. Later I brought them inside and one of my nieces got my attention because she was laughing at Mitzy (my shiba Inu mix). When I looked at her she was trying to stay on a sitting position but couldn't. After seeing her facial expression (Yes my dog has facial expressions, don't ask me how but she does!) I knew something wasn't right. So I told everybody I was sorry but I had to leave to the vet ASAP. I put her on my car and by this time she is foaming on her mouth and her face was like she was drunk and finally got her to the vet (And all I could think of is that she ate poison, even though I don't use poison around the house). She was put on IV and then I took her home, the vet never knew what caused this (They even suggested that she was epileptic!). About 2 or 3 weeks after the incident I was watering my plants and I noticed her going from pot to pot and all of the sudden she stop and backed away from this pot and when I looked there was a beige with brown spots, round frog. Eureka!! This is how I found out about buffo frogs. I thank God that my reaction was to run with her right away to the vet. I also thank God for having found this website; now I know what to do if it happens again. Thank you EC and everyone that take their time to write.

Replied by Kayj
(Lake Worth, Fl)
11/06/2009

I have a two year old male terrier I heard a story about a woman losing two terriers to Bufo Frog poisoning, I am always cautious when walking my dog at night going as far as to carry a flash light to spot the frogs before he does. We were on the patio and suddenly I found him having seizures, I too rinsed his mouth and prayed and cried as my neighbor tried to do the same, she then took us to the emergency Vet, they had to give hom 10mg of Diazepam, propfol and kept him over night on an IV to flush with fluid.

I almost lost him. I look out for the frogs when walking. What I didn't expect was the frog to be on my patio. Today when moving a table several tiny frogs hopped about and 1 had been mangled and chewed up this in the very spot my dog went into seizures. I now know not to leave food out and plan to put aluminum panels along the 18" base where the screen is lose.

Replied by Sam
(West Palm Beach, Us/fl)
10/09/2010

My yorkshire terrier went after a bufo today. Same exact thing happened to him, the foaming, he lost balance, random bowel movements, and then seizures. Luckily for me, my wife called me when he started foaming, she wanted to wait it out because we had never heard of the bufo before. Once he lost his balance she grabbed him and jumped into the car, luckily for us an animal hospital is right down the block.

By the time we made it there he was having seizures. They immediately put him on an IV and gave him seizure medicine, he was also given oxygen through an oral tube since he couldn't breathe on his own. They ran blood tests to make sure his organs were still fully functional. His heart rate had nearly doubled compared to normal. Even now that he's stable the Dr.still won't say he's certain he'll live. They will let him come home tomorrow morning if everything goes well tonight. Like everyone else I was hysterical and praying. I have 3 dogs and they are my children, I love them more than anything and would give up everything I have to make sure they are okay, that is the responsibility I agreed to take on when I got my dogs and I'd do it any day. My vet bill is outrageous but my dog is still alive so it's worth it. I appreciate all the useful information people have posted, and I'm against killing any living thing, but in this case I rather kill a frog than lose one of my dogs. I now know that I have to keep my eyes on them at all times, I'm a New Yorker and was very unaware of such things like the bufo frog until today. I thank god my little boy is still alive, and pray that he'll come home tomorrow fully recovered.

Replied by Annie Z
(Boca Raton, Florida)
11/30/2010

My dog has caught maybe 4 of these toads in the past year. We have reacted quickly to wash his mouth every time. The last time was the worst. He started walking around in circles and was dazed. We just rinsed his mouth and prayed. The vet was so far away too. Luckily, we removed the toxin and what he did ingest was not fatal. Well, My yard was swarming with the Bofu Toads or at least it used to be. I have taken drastic measures to make sure they stay OUT! One of my neighbors has a pond and another has a fountain. They breed in these "pools" and they even breed and hang out in the condensation created by AC units. I have put tons of stones where my AC pipes are and this prevents water from collecting so to speak. I also fenced in my yard and not my AC unit, so if they are by my AC they will stay there. Of course, fencing was not enough. I had to dig up a trench around my fence and put up chicken wire/grating by Tenax with the smallest holes all along my fence and gates. This has worked, but was painful at first since I trapped in some toads unknowingly and had to catch them, some had to be killed since it would turn into long sagas of chasing between bushes. The humane way to euthanize them is to freeze them, but that's just not always possible since catching them can be endless. I also reduced my garage and porch lights to 25 watts each, to not attract so many bugs. I keep my trash bin outside our fenced in area since these toads will go after any food. As far as I know, this has worked. A humane way to keep them out. When we go on our nightly walk, I keep my dogs on a tight leash. These toads are certainly killer toads to our pets. Beware and protect your yards. Do not leave your pets unattented. Do not!

Replied by Louis
(Naples, Florida)
08/15/2011

Killing toads -- yes, it is nice to humane so I will use my .45 cal pistol -- instant death! The toads are not common here in Naples, yet but we have seen at least 2 in our yard in recent weeks - there is a small pond. Mt automatic dog watering pan is elevated about 6 inches. I will either raise it or move it inside the screened porch.

Thnx to all the contibutors -- I learned a lot that they did not teach us in medical school, but that is sll right since there are no Bufos in Zurich.

Someone please summarize all the treatment in a simple list - print it and- put you own Vet's name on it.

Replied by Nancy
(Jupiter, Florida)
12/29/2011

Bufo toads-BLEACH. WORKS. Spraying vinegar or bleach or anything else on them does Not. To kill these deadly poisonous toads either shoot them or catch them and put them in a bucket with bleach. They die instantly. Running over them with a golf cart, or even my car, did not kill them! Online it says they lay 30,000 eggs every other day. Killing one toad a week is not helping. So far there is not a suitable pesticide to rid us of these venomous creatures that were imported from Australia to Hawaii and South Florida to help the sugar cane owners rid their cane fields of their own pests to protect their profits. Problem is the toads took over and have become a (VERY DEADLY) pest to All of us. The sugarcane owners should be held responsible for this scourge. They should be held responsible to financially support science to find a 'cure' that will rid us of this deadly toad. This toad has the potential to eventually be in all warm weather states killing our pets. Similiar to the Lyme tick. The 'new' tick that was thought to only infect animals until it was finally discovered it infected humans. Who knew about this poisonous debilitating tick 25 yrs ago. Now it is rampant in Every single state, not just Lyme, Connecticut where it started. To try to rid our areas of as many toads as I can, I went to Wal-Mart and was in line purchasing a BB air gun. In line next to me were 7 others. They all were purchasing various guns. We looked at each other and all said almost at the same time... "Toads. " All 7 of us were trying to protect our pets from horrific, painful and drawn out death because sugar cane owners brought in these deadly creatures. Snakes, birds of prey like hawks, normal animals that might eat frogs, do not touch these toads. They somehow know better. Our house pets do not. My golden retreiver has touched( not even eaten) a toad with his nose and been poisoned. All 4 times I was right there with him. Once he was even on a leash. In the yard the toads look like a leaf or piece of bark. All 4 times the toads were very small-2-3 inches. (I have killed them bigger than my entire hand including my fingers). I put the hose sideways in his mouth and stood straddling him so I could force his head down. You do Not want any water to get into his lungs and get pneumonia. I rinsed his mouth and rub his gums, insides of cheeks, tongue with a wet rag many times also. I hosed him 15 minutes minimum each time. Then rushed to vet. One time I thought I got it all, only to find him foaming again in the car. Luckily the nightime vet clinic is nearby.

One day, hopefully in the very near future, we will get some big-time help from one of the chemical companies that have the funds to research a cure for this problem. It is already an epidemic in Australia and will be one here in South Florida soon.

I think a concerted move should be made by concerned citizens to our legislators to lobby the chemical companies for help to protect our pets.

My friends call me the 'toad vigilante'. So be it. Toads or my dogs? Toads are winning now. Let's end this war.

Replied by Dannie Jean
(Tampa, Florida)
06/08/2012

My little black and white guy (Bichon/Poo) was barking at my bookcase today. At first, I thought nothing was there, then I saw it - a REALLY big toad. It was a lot bigger than my fist. I tried to catch it, but could not. After reading your information, I guess I'm glad I couldn't. Trouble is, it is still in my house... I keep listening for rustling noises. I hope I can get it out. The advise to throw a wet towel over it sounded like it might work if I see it again. Then I could call someone to come take it away. Thanks for all the good info, I will be on high alert from now on.

Replied by Mo
(Weston Florida)
05/14/2015

This is horrible and extremely dangerous advice.

Replied by Chris
(Qld, Australia)
07/11/2016

I can't say if the toads were exported from Australia as you're claiming, but I can tell you that they're not native here. They were introduced in the 1930's to attack cane borer beetles and are a despised plague in this country.

We certainly wouldn't export a problem like this. It's more likely that similar misguided fools to the ones who introduced them to Australia have taken them to Hawaii and Florida.

May those people rot in hell for their impetuousness and shortsightedness!

These horrible creatures are destroying our beautiful country.

It's not uncommon for me to go out onto the porch and see hundreds of these things just outside the door...on 10 acres we have literally thousands of them.

My dog is sick tonight from chewing on a dried corpse of one he found in the garden.

I pray he makes it through the night.

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney)
07/11/2016

Sorry your dog is sick. Don't you mean cane toad? If this was my dog, I would call the vet and I would give vit c and charcoal tabs. I can't give you dosages as I don't know size of your dog. Wish you luck

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney)
07/11/2016

Sorry your dog is sick. Don't you mean cane toad? If this was my dog, I would call the vet and I would give vit c and charcoal tabs. I can't give you dosages as I don't know size of your dog. Wish you luck

P.S. Just an after thought, Chris. Put your dog on forever vit c, it won't hurt him and will definitely help him if it ever happens again.

Replied by Alosha
(Naples, Fl)
10/01/2016

I live in Glen Eagle, in Naples off of Davis Blvd . I finally hired a gentleman to catch the toads. He caught 100 of them in two hours . He picks them up by hand, puts them in an empty 5 gallon paint bucket with lid, them takes them away and freezes them before disposal. He is licensed by the state. The next week he only caught 65 of them. I think he has helped keep the numbers down . He charged $60 per hour, worth every penny . The association has now hired him as well. I can tell you Lely resort and Lakewood has them as well.

make sure you wear a glove and don't touch your face.

Replied by Laura
(Naples)
01/25/2017

Alisha, would you share the name of that service? I live in Lely and could really use it. Thanks so much! Laura

Replied by Thomas Fitzgerald
(Naples F)
05/16/2018

What is the name of the service? we live in naples