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How to Save a Dog Poisoned by the Bufo Marinus Frog (Cane Toad)

Updated on March 27, 2017
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The Bufo Marinus Doesn't Look Like a Killer, Does He?

Well, looks can be deceiving. We have a frog here in South Florida that is a killer! The Bufo marinus, also known as the Cane Toad, kills dogs and cats. This species of frog can be found all over the world except in extremely cold climates.

The Bufo has glands behind its eyes that secrete a fatty, white substance which acts as a deterrent to predators. The toxin is also on the frog’s skin. This substance is toxic to animals that come into contact with it. A dog can lick the frog and ingest enough toxin to become very sick or die. Small breeds of dogs are more easily affected because it does not take as much poison to kill them as it would for a large breed.

Symptoms of Bufo Marinus Frog Poisoning

Unfortunately, there is no antidote for Bufo toxin. Depending on how much toxin your dog has ingested and the size of your dog, the poison can lead to cardiac arrest. Foam may be seen coming from the dog’s mouth, similar to that of rabies' symptoms. Your pet's temperature will quickly rise and the dog may begin to have seizures.

To know whether your dog has been poisoned, check the color of their gums; they should be pink. If your pet has been exposed to the Bufo's poison, their gums will turn very red. If you suspect your dog has come into contact with a Bufo Frog, administer first aid right away!

Administer First Aid Immediately If Your Dog Comes Into Contact With a Bufo Frog

  1. Grab a garden hose. Wash out the dog’s mouth and eyes immediately because toxin is quickly absorbed into the mucus membrane of the mouth. The frog's secretion is also very sticky, so you may have to use a cloth to rub the inside of the dog’s mouth. Also remember that when you put your hand inside a dog’s mouth, you could get bitten. But this is necessary to save your pet’s life.
  2. Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Most towns have an emergency clinic that is open at night. Call ahead, if possible.
  3. If there is a family member who can help you, have that person drive while you take care of your dog in the back seat. You may have to do CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on your pet if it goes into cardiac arrest. If you don't already know how to perform CPR on your pet, I'd suggest you learn how. Ask your vet to show you how to do it.

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How to Identify the Bufo Marinus

As a responsible pet owner, you should be able to identify the Bufo Marinus so that you can prevent it from killing your pets.

  • They are big and ugly with pudgy bodies and short legs. I have seen frogs as big as a dinner plate. The younger ones may not be as big, but they are just as dangerous.
  • They are usually brown and with warts on their skin. Some have a greyish color.
  • They live near water, in places such as ponds or canals. Your backyard pool can attract them, too. Kiddy pools with standing water also will attract them.
  • They have puffy pockets called paratoid glands that are located behind their eyes. They use these glands to squirt poison.
  • They love pet food, so don’t ever leave out containers with dog food in the yard or porch.
  • They are usually common after dark. That is why I had never let my dogs outside after sunset, unless I am right there to watch out for them.

Some Methods People Use to Get Rid of the Bufo Frog

Here a few methods people use to get rid of these poisonous creatures.

  • I have a friend who is so terrified of Bufo frogs in her yard that she has come up with a plan to capture the them. She digs a hole in the ground large enough to hold a five-gallon plastic bucket. The bucket is placed in the hole at ground level and filled with water. If the Bufo falls into the bucket, it can’t get out. I don't know if she has ever captured one, and if she has, I don't know where she released them. It sounds like a lot of work to me!
  • Another friend puts moth balls all around the perimeter of the yard. She says that it keeps out not only Bufos but snakes as well.
  • Some people kill the them by pouring bleach or ammonia all over them.
  • Some folks shoot them.
  • Some people stab them with a sharp knife.

I don’t like the idea of killing or injuring anything except snakes that I know are poisonous. My method of protecting my dog seems to be working for me. I don't try to harm or kill the Bufo. My motto is: You leave my dogs alone, and I'll leave you alone!

The Bufo Frog Killed My Friend's Little Dog

I have a friend who had two miniature Schnauzers. Our dogs often played together. My dog, Baby, is the same breed and the three dogs loved each other very much.

One evening, after dark, my friend let her two dogs out into her fenced-in yard to go to the bathroom before going to bed for the night. She did not go with them. When she opened the door to call them to come in, only one dog came. She went outside to find the other dog and saw her walking as though she were drunk. My friend then noticed that her dog had frothy, foaming saliva running from her mouth. She scooped the dog up into her arms and headed for her car. By the time she got her little dog to the emergency veterinarian clinic, it was too late.

If my friend had known what to do when she first saw her dog in distress, the dog's life might have been saved. I talked to my veterinarian about this, and he gave me some advice. First, never let your dogs out alone after dark. Secondly, administer first aid. It wasn't long after this happened to my friend, that Baby had her first encounter with a Bufo Frog.

My miniature Schnauzer, Baby.
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I Thought My Dog Was Safe From the Bufo Frog

After the incident with my friend's dog, I was very careful with my pets. Initially, I thought they were perfectly safe. We don't have water near our home, I have a nice chain-link fence around my yard, and I never leave any pet food out at night. I also never let them go out alone at night. We should be OK, right? Wrong!

About two weeks after my friend lost her dog, I took Baby out for her last pee before bed. She immediately ran up to a Bufo that I couldn't see. I was sure she licked it. I immediately did what my vet had instructed me to do. I grabbed her up and ran for the garden hose. I began hosing her mouth and eyes out. Baby only weighs 14 pounds and my friend's dog that died from the Bufo weighed 15 pounds. I tried very hard not to panic. I screamed so loud my next door neighbor came out to see what was the matter. I told her I needed to get to the pet emergency clinic immediately! It is about three miles away from our house. On the way to the clinic, Baby began to have seizures. I thought for sure she would die. I was crying and praying the whole time. The vet on duty took us right away. Baby spent the night at the clinic getting the proper treatment. The next day Baby seemed fine, but sort of "hung over." The vet praised me for adminstering first aid so quickly.

Baby after her near death experience with a Bufo frog.
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I Try to Make My Yard Safer

I thought that when I fenced in my front yard with chain-link fencing that I would be able to keep these horrible frogs away from my dogs, but I was wrong. The one that my dog licked got into our yard, and I still don’t know how. Since they are not good hoppers, he must have found a way underneath the fence.

So to be sure, I went all around the bottom of the fence with weather-treated six-inch boards that were left over from a garden project. I also bought a collapsible wire fence enclosure from the pet store. I have it in my backyard now, and before bedtime, I take Baby out and put her in that small fence enclosure so that I know she will be 100% safe from the killer Bufo Frog.

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      Mia Grey 5 weeks ago

      Mary,

      Thank you for sharing your story, and I'm so glad Baby survived her Bufo encounter! I recently found 4 Bufo Toads all about 6-8 inches around my condo, plus several medium and baby size. I have a question maybe you can help me with..?

      I have 2 dogs, Precious and Eddie. Eddie is very frightened of Bufo toads, he senses them before I see them.. but the other night a baby Bufo got into my condo and both of my dogs touched it with their nose before I could kill it. I absolutely panicked! They are both fine, but I have so many of the toads and nobody will come extract them. My situation is getting worse.

      My question is, I've read "rinse their mouths out with a hose".... and.... "do not to use a hose but instead a dripping washcloth and wipe out their mouths so they don't swallow the poison"....in your opinion, what is the correct answer?

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      Mosezella Williams 4 months ago

      I lived here in South Florida for many years and never knew how dangerous the Bufo Frogs really is until my daughter told me about her Siberian husky going to the emergency Veterinarian after either licking or picking the frog up. It was the neighbor who found her in their yard foaming at the mouth. Nala Sky survived the attack thank God. I just want to thank all of you for sharing your experience and tips on how to protect our dogs

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Besarien Your dog was very smart to be fearful of the Bufo frog. These critters are everywhere now. When I take my dog, Baby, out at night for her last trip to the bathroom, I carry a flashlight and a big stick. I am very afraid of these frogs and the danger of them. I saw one just last night that was the size of a large dinner plate!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      When I lived in Florida we had some of these living under the back step. Our dog at the time was terrified of them. She could smell them and wouldn't go out the back door. When we found out what they were, we got a guy from animal control to collect them. We thought there was just a pair of them. It turned out there were seven huge toads in a little hole about the size of a shoe box. No idea how they all fit.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi PegCole We are in our rainy season now, and the Bufos seems to come out more when the ground is wet, so I'm extra careful with Baby. I still make sure I am right there with her when she has to go out in the evenings.

      Yes, it was a very frightening experience when I almost lost my dog to the Bufo frog.

      Thanks for reading, Mary

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are really prevalent in the area where my friend lives in South Florida. She's killed a horde of them with a shovel and then she bags them in plastic and puts them in the freezer to be sure they are fully gone. Her dogs are like family to her (like your Baby) and she doesn't want the Bufo toads anywhere near them. Wow, Mary, your quick action really saved your dog. Thanks for this important warning about the cane toad.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Natalie, sounds like you did the proper actions after your dogs encountered the frog as far as first aid was concerned. You took the dogs to the Vet which was the correct thing to do. I'm just guessing your dogs got too much venom from the frogs to be saved.

      All I can say is: if you ever have another pet, watch carefull that they do not encounter a Bufo (Cane)toad. Again, I am so sorry.

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      Natalie 3 years ago

      So is there something more to do or watch for in the weeks after an encounter with these toads ?

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Natalie, I am SO sorry you lost your pets! Yes, the toads could have caused their deaths.

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      Natalie 3 years ago

      We have cane toads , whenever we see them we capture them & relocate them miles away at a friends nursery. His plants like them.

      Recently we lost 2 puppies , the vet couldn't figure out what was wrong with them. They had similar symptoms , at the time , last fall, the vet said that we just got unlucky with their health ( 2 different breeds ) After weeks of illness and rounds of antibiotics each of them died. It was awful ! I cried & cried. It's been months now since the last 1 died. This morning I woke up & remembered both of them , at different times , bit (to play with) a toad. We were with each 1 & rinsed out their mouths really well. But with in 2 month they each died of a mysterious "genetic" disease. They were not contagious , but they stopped absorbing nutrients from their food. I'm wondering if they died from their toad encounters , that they had appeared to have survived ? Thanks for any info.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell Rose Yes, that was a very terrifying experience. You are lucky you don't have these bad frogs where you live!

      Thanks for reading, the votes and the share. My best, Mary

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi mary, that must have been horrific knowing that baby had licked the frog, and that was amazing what you did, and thank goodness for that! we are lucky really, we don't tend to have a lot of poisonous creatures over here, only the Adder snake and now a spider that they have found, great advice, and voted and shared! nell

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, grand old lady, I don't know for sure if you have these frogs in the Philippines, but I do know they like the warm climate. I am so glad you found my Hub helpful. Thank you very much.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for this information. I never knew that these frogs existed, so it is really very helpful and informative. Also, the video lesson on CPR and the advice to hose the dog's mouth and eyes is very helpful as well.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Wachiniimatty, Glad you thought this article was interesting.

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      Wachiniimatty 4 years ago

      Hello.This article was extremely interesting, particularly because I was searching for thoughts on this subject last week.

      Nawelaple

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi tillsontitan (Mary). I just saw a Bufo Frog in my yard just last week. He was the size of a dinner plate! They come out after dark, so I never let Baby out in the yard after dark.

      I agree; all dog owners should know how to administer CPR.

      Thanks for reading and voting, Mary

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I never heard of the Bufo Frog and hope I never meet one either. How sad to lose your dog to a frog! I'm glad you've been able to keep them away from baby.

      This hub was full of good information and the video is a must for any dog owner. Thanks Mary.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Insightful Tiger. A lot of pet owners (Floridians, too) are completely unaware of the Cane Toad, so I was glad to share my own experience. If you ever see one of these ugly creatures, you won't forget it.

      Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment, Mary

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi sister Mary! I live in Florida too, but I don't know if I have ever seen one of these frogs. I will look out for them and thanks to your hub I can be a more responsible pet owner when I get a dog one day. Thanks for sharing this hub and the CPR hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nathalh. I had no idea, either, about these killer cane toads. We have a lot of different wildlife here in S. Fl. but I had never heard of these before. I'm so glad your dog survived eating poisonous mushrooms! Yes, my little dog is very curious: she just ran up to this frog (probably would have played with it).

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh my gosh, I had no idea! Wow. I had a dog eat poisonous mushrooms once. It really messed him up for a while, but he came through eventually. I know my dogs would run right over to a frog and try to lick it, eat it, play with it, etc. Thank you for this information and I'm glad your cute puppy survived!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very interesting article, especially to me, as the owner of a small dog. I'm not sure if we have bufo frogs where I live, but I intend to check it out after reading this article. Voted useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, jengacehodges. So nice to "meet you". Oh, yes be on the lookout for this killer frog. You don't want Daisy to get near him. They can spray their poison, and you know how inquisitive our dogs can be!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Jen Hodges 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Thank you so much for posting this hub. I had no idea that those frogs were dangerous to animals. I have seen several over my lifetime. I have a small fur-child (Daisy) and want to protect her at all costs. Thank you so much!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, vibesites. Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub about the cane toad. I'm so glad you found it interesting. I would like to make people aware of this dangerous creature.

      Thanks so much for the vote, too. I appreciate that.

      It is so nice to "meet" you. Would love to know more about you on your profile page.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Interesting hub. I appreciate you for writing this; this could save your beloved pets' life. Now that we see how that frog looks like, we think that we could recognize the animal the moment we see it. Your hub will also serve as a warning. Voted up and helpful.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, midget38. Oh, dear....I'm sorry you have these bad frogs in your area. I saw one in my yard the other day that was as large as a dinner plate. I am constantly on the look out for the cane toad.

      See you again soon, I hope. Mary

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Came back in to say that I saw some poisonous toads in some grassland near my place. Glad my dogs didn't get to them! Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ajay. I'm happy you found my Hub, and I thank you for your interesting comment. These frogs are a real problem here in S. Florida. Yes, you are so right, these Cane Toads can kill dogs rapidly. People should know how to administer first aid immediately to save their pet. I never let my Baby out after dusk because of my fear of these frogs.

      I thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub about the Cane Toad.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ajay. I'm happy you found my Hub, and I thank you for your interesting comment. These frogs are a real problem here in S. Florida. Yes, you are so right, these Cane Toads can kill dogs rapidly. People should know how to administer first aid immediately to save their pet. I never let my Baby out after dusk because of my fear of these frogs.

      I thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub about the Cane Toad.

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      ajay 5 years ago

      southern spain, we get toads in our garden every single night, more if it is raining, they are around all year round after dusk, and sometimes during the day I have had to remove the odd one from my swimming pool, I have to search them our every single night, each time before I let my dogs out, they all deadly, and know people who have lost their dogs in just 20 to 40 mins these toads are quite small, I thought they were frogs as quite small, but NO they are toads.. terrible and worry me sick, can never relax now knowing so many are around every night, even during hot summer they are there, the toads sit under the droplets from our AC unit .. be careful everyone, check them out and protect your dog before you let them out, we have a little net a childs fishing net, and scoop the toads up and move them on somewhere else away from garden, they are easy to scoop with a net.. ajay

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, eHealer. I'm glad you read my Hub on the Cane Toad and how it can kill dogs. I think every pet owner should know how to administer CPR; it could make a difference between life and death for a pet.

      Thanks so much for the endorsement on your wonderful Hub about CPR on dogs.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great Hub Mary and I am endorsing it on my CPR for dogs! this is a real life situation and will help people further understand how CPR saves lives! Thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Blond Logic. I'm glad you have almost eradicated the Cane Toad from your area. I wish we could. I saw one just last night in my yard that was as big as a dinner plate! That's why I never let my dog out in the yard after dark. Your Hubby must be pretty fast to get a good whack at this frog!

      Thanks for the visit and for the comment, too. Mary

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hi,

      We live in Brazil and have lakes on our property. We have frogs and toads. Although we encourage frogs and other toads, we have eradicated most of the cane toads from the our area. My husband hits them with a piece of hardwood. They can move fast, and it takes a heck of a whack to kill them.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, again, Jaye. Yes, you can't be too careful with your little Puppy Girl!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Suzy HQ. Gee, I don't know whether the Bufo marinus is found in the part of Italy where you will be. Maybe you should research that. I know they like the warm climate. I wouldn't be surprised if you find snakes, etc. there....

      Thanks for reading, for the votes , and for the share, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Audrey. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about this Bufo marinus. Yes, they are indeed scary.

      I'm glad you found my Hub to be useful. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jaye, You are very wise never to let your beloved mini schnauzer out alone at night. These creatures are very hard to see in the dark, so even if you are right there with her, always be on the look out for them. This Bufo marinus is indeed a killer for small dogs.

      Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It's funny, Mary....I took Puppy Girl outside on leash after reading your story, and my eyes were scanning the yard the entire time we were out there! You've got me watching for the Bufo, now (which is a good thing). JAYE

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      What a great article and something I have not heard of before. This is going to be so useful for us as we will be moving with our dog to southern Italy so I will have to check out if it is a problem there, being a hot climate. I know we will have snakes (my big phobia!!) scorpions and gekos so thanks so much for this informative piece. The C.P.R video was excellent too! Voted up and sharing :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Such a useful hub! Scary!!!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Since I only live a few states away from you (central Mississippi), I'm sure the Bufo frog is here, too. I never let my mini schnauzer run free outside since she got into something that made her extremely sick as an adolescent. I take her out on leash for potty breaks and walks. Now that I've read your excellent article and seen photos of the Bufo, I'll be extra vigilant when we go outdoors together because I love my Puppy Girl so much--just as you do your Baby! Thanks for this important information, and I'll be sharing it.

      Voted Up+++

      JAYE

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Angelo52. I went back to Wikipedia to clarify my Hub. as I said in the Hub, not all frogs are toxic. I also replaced the photo I had so as not to be confusing.

      There is another very good Hub written (I included the link) about how beneficial toads are to gardens.

      I do appreciate your reading and commenting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, dwachira. Thanks for reading and commenting on the dangerous Cane Toad. I'm not sure if you have these where you live, but they are a constant danger to those who live in warm climates.

      Thanks for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi LetitiaFT. Thanks so much for reading and for you informative comment. I went back on Wikipedia after I read your comment, and hopefully made a clear distinction between the frogs. The one we have here in S. Florida is indeed a Bufo marinus, commonly called the Cane Toad.

      I did make the statement that not all frogs are killers, but a pet owner should be aware. I included a good Hub that tells how beneficial toads are to gardeners, and not to kill the innocent ones.

      Thanks again, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi jellygator. Sounds like you had a close call with your Lab who may have encountered a Bufo marinus.

      Keep a sharp eye out for your other dogs if they do out after dark.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi BlissfulWriter. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about the Bufo marinus.

      I just saw one in my yard last night, but Baby was in the house!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Daisy, I wonder if you folks in S. Ca. have these frogs. They do like warm climates, and are a constant danger here where I live in S. Florida.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Yes, I do want to warn pet owners about the Bufo marinus, or Cane Toad.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi midget38. I hope you don't have these dangerous frogs where you live. They like warm climates.

      I am very cautious about Baby going out after sundown cause that's when these frogs come out.

      Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing, Mary

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bufo seems to be a common name for toads, in my brief look across the internet images. Although the cane toad (non-native by the way) is bad for dogs and cats not all toads are. I believe the first photo you are showing is not a cane toad but a Southern Toad - an American native. The cane toad grows very big and is largely brown colored.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Sometimes we may not have control of our our pets and it is a relief to know there is a first aid for toxin from Bufo frog. Great article and voted up.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Hi Mary, I'm so sorry for your friend's loss and your close call. It is a terrible thing to lose a pet, especially before their time. I lost a Pekinese puppy that nibbled on grass with pesticides. It was terrible.

      The Cane Toad is a perfect example of why introducing non-native species is a very, very bad idea. However it's important to make a distinction. Bufo is a generic name for a group of toads. The invasive, toxic Cane Toad of which you speak is Bufo marinus, a Central/South American toad (not a frog), not the innocent Bufo boreas, a western toad which is already in severe decline due to pesticides and climate change, like amphibians as a whole worldwide. Perhaps you can help not only dogs but friendly toads and avoid an indiscriminate killing spree of nature's helper toads and frogs by pointing people to the real culprit.

      Again condolences for your neighbor.

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      I have seen frogs that might've been bufos, but I'm not sure. I did know that some frogs could make a dog sick, and I think that happened to my black lab once. I wouldn't have thought to rinse his mouth and eyes with a garden hose, though. Now I have FOUR dogs that go outside each night and am glad to have this information. Thank you!

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      That is something that I never knew that frogs can kill pets. Thanks for informing us.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      Thanks for publishing this life-saving article. Pet owners everywhere are very fortunate to have you warn them of this frightening creature.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Oh dear, my blessings to your friend. I hope digging that hole can help to catch the frog, though, because it sounds like they can be dangerous to all dogs in the yard! Thanks for sharing!! Votes up, and shared too.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Green Bard, Yes, this Bufo frog is a creature that I am very afraid of. I make sure my dog is safely in the house at dusk. My neighbor told me this morning there was a Bufo as big as a dinner plate on her patio just last night. She has an indoor cat, so it was safe.

      Thanks for reading and for your thoughtful comment, and for the vote, too. Mary

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife

      I love toads and dogs too so this is a situation I am not sure I would know how to handle it if I lived where you are. I suppose really the problem has been caused by humans who brought the toads there in the first place, and to Australia and elsewhere. As usual it is humans to blame for unbalancing nature. Anyway, I am very glad to hear that you saved Baby. Voted up and Interesting!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, mollymeadows, In my research on this bad, bad frog, I did not see any indication that they pose a danger to humans; however, I'd scrub my hands very good if I came in contact with one! If there was sticky stuff on the bag you used to capture the frog, that may very well have been a Bufo frog! You don't want one in your house, just be very careful how you capture him.

      Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W. Thanks for reading about the horrible Bufo frog! My neighbor told me just this morning there was one on her back patio the size of a dinner plate! She doesn't have a dog or cat, thank goodness. If the weather is warm where you are, you probably have these frogs and just don't know it. Yes, I would definitely go out with that precious Skippy at night.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share....I appreciate that.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Mary, I'm sorry about your friend's dog, but glad you were able to save Baby. What a close call!

      Are humans at any risk from the Bufo frog? I had a frog get into my house the other day and I grabbed him through a plastic bag and threw him out, but there was sticky stuff all over the bag. After reading your hub, I don't think I'll do that again!

      Thanks for warning us about this awful creature!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      We have chirping toads in our yard and I always thought that it was great. They were probably killing insects and the like. I never heard of a Bufo frog. Scary thought to think how poisonous they are! Thank heavens you knew what to do with your Baby. Thanks for passing the word regarding what we can do to protect our pets. The CPR video was great. I'll be keeping an extra eye out for Skippy when he is doing his final nightly "duty" before going to bed. Voted up, useful and definitely sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, snowdrops. I'm glad you find Baby a cutie! She really is a joy to have, and to think, I almost lost her to this horrible killer frog! I'll never let her go out after dark again. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this Hub.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      i love baby..so cute with the pink shirt. i didn't know that some species of frogs can kill. thanks for the info Mary!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi picklesandrufus. Sure is nice to see you! I'm glad your dog wasn't killed by this monster of a frog, the Bufo. They are really scary. If it every happens again, do the first aid right away.

      You know, I don't think I'm getting notices from all of my followers when they publish new Hubs, either. I thought maybe folks just weren't writing much any more. I'm glad you "found" me. Goodnight.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Very informative hub!! This happened to my dog when I lived in south Florida. She almost died and stayed at the vet for 3 days. I had never heard of this frog, being from N.C.

      For some reason, I don't get notices of your hubs any more. Just came around to see you and found this one. Vote up!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good morning alocsin. Thanks for taking the time to read my Hub about the Bufo frog. I'll bet you do have these in S. Ca. They like warm climate and are attracted to water (pools, etc.) I haven't read about any children coming into contact with these frogs, but if it were a small child it would probably affect them, too. Thanks so much for the votes. Have a wonderful day.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is bizarre and scary. I've never heard of those frogs nor seen them here in Southern California. I'm also concerned that little kids might want to play with these dangerous things. Thanks for the warning. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sueswan, well I just wrote a comment and it went poof! Good to see you this evening. I doubt that the Bufo frog would be found in Canada, probably too cold for them. They like warm climates like S. Fl. Baby is fine: no health problems lately (knock on wood). She is still the Queen of the house! Goodnight, friend.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      I am so sorry to hear that your friend's dog was killed by this poisonous frog.

      So glad that with your quick action and that Baby didn't meet with the same fate.

      I was curious to see if they have these frogs in Canada but I couldn't find any information.

      Hope you and Baby are doing well.

      Take care :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, no , Ellen52. It wouldn't take much poinson from thee Bufo frogs to kill a little Westie. If it happens again, grab the garden hose and wash out the dog's mouth and eyes. They scare me to death! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Ellen52 5 years ago

      My Westie just came in contact with the bufo frog last month, for the second time in 5 years down in South Florida. Thankfully my quick actions saved her and she's fine. I'm now a nervous wreck taking her out at night. You must act fast and get them to a vet. I wish we can kill all the bufos as they kill thousands of dogs a year.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Pamela99, thanks for reading and commenting on the Bufo frog. Yes, it might be too cold in N. Fl. for this killer frog. As soon as the sun goes down, everyone here gets their pets inside, cause that's when they come out. I hope you never see one!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I have never heard of this frog and I live in northern FL. I hope we are too far north for his liking. I am sorry to hear about your neighbors dog. It is so hard to lose a loved pet. Thanks for the useful information.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Gloshei, thanks for reading my hub about the Bufo frog. I'm glad you are not bothered by these bad frogs. They were introduced to Florida and not native. Hope nobody ever gets the bright idea to bring them to the UK or France (or anywhere). Have a great day!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Hi mary like Rosemay50 I just looked in too see what others are saying about this Bufo, I am glad we don't have in UK or France.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rosemay50. You had commented on my Hub before, but you are most welcome to come back anytime! Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi K9keystrokes. I'm so glad you learned something from my Hub on the Bufo frog. You may not have them where you live in Calif. If it's a warm climate, you probably do. They don't like cold climate. Thanks for the compliment on my Hub (and on Baby's outfit). See you again, soon...

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I thought I had commented on here but couldn't remember so just popped in to see, still worth reading again

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      What a great hub! I had never heard of the Bufo Frog before, but will certainly keep an eye out for them now! Like you, my pets are my family and having information like this can aid in keeping them save from disasters! Great article Mary! Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us.

      The picture of Baby in that pink that pink outfit is too adorable for words!

      HubHugs to you and Baby~

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, mckbirdbks. Good to see you! Thanks for reading about the Bufo frog. You might not have these killers in the part of Texas where you live. If it's a warm part of Texas, I'll bet you do. I wish we didn't have them! I think they are here to stay. They don't seem to have any natural preditor. Hope you are having a good day.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very informative hub. I had never heard of this frog. Well put together and useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, GardenExpert999. Thanks for coming back with your added comment. I did a ittle more investigating about this frog, and another name for him is the Cane Toad which I added to my Hub. He was brought into the state of Florida for the same reason he was brought into Australia as you mentioned. As far as I can determine, he has no predators. I think he is here to stay. Pet owners here have no idea the danger he poses to their pets. If you read some of the comments to this Hub, there are folks who say they have seen their dogs frothing at the mouth. I think they came into contact with the Bufo and they are just lucky dogs! See you again, soon, I hope.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      There is a huge problem in Australia with the cane toad which was introduced there in 1935 to control the cane beetle. I think that is the same species as the bufo frog. It has no natural enemies in Australia and is breeding out of control, and killing dogs and cats all over the place. The solution would obviously be to find out what its natural predator is over in Florida and encourage it into your garden, so long as it is not a bigger pest again towards dogs.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, GardenExpert999, Thanks for reading. I feel the same way about killing this Bufo. I just keep my dog away and out of harm's way. We just had a nice rain shower and all the little "rain frogs" are out. They are so cute. Small, but loud! These frogs are called the Bufo Frog, but they are actually a toad, I believe.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Sorry to hear about your friend's wee dog. Such a sad end, but at the same time I feel for the frogs getting bleach put on them, for only defending themselves against attack or a perceived attack. Are they frogs or toads? It looks like a toad you linked.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, MM. Thanks for reading about the Bufo frog and for the nice compliment on my Hub about them. Most people are not aware of these frogs and the danger of them. Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. Have a great day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi moonlake, nice to see you today. Since this happened to Baby, I just warn people to be on the lookout for the Bufo after dark. That's when they come out. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank goodness we don't have the bufo frog in the UK what a terrifying creature! How awful for your friend to lose her dog this way.

      Good advice and information Mary, thank you for sharing.

      Voted up

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have never seen Bufo Frog here. They may be here. I meant to say, I have never heard of any deaths up here.

      Very likely our dogs picked up toads. From what I have read all toads have toxins. It's cold here so I'm not sure the Bufo Frog would be here. If I ever see them I will make sure our dog stays away from them. I don't want him to end up dead.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Angela Blair, thanks for reading and the the comment on the Bufo Frog. We have diamondback rattlers here too (don't let writer 20 know that, she'll never come to Florida). I think you'll find Bufos in Texas at least the warm part of the state. That's scary when you say your dogs froth at the mouth. I can't help but wonder if they are coming in contact with a Bufo. Thanks for reading and commenting. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey writer20, oh please don't let a little thing like the Bufo frog keep you from coming to Florida! It's really a great place to live. We just have to be a little careful of our pets. Thanks for reading...

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi xstatic. Nice to see you! I'm glad you don't have to worry about this killer Bufo frog where you are. He is a constant threat to us pet owners here. Thanks for the vote! Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Gloshei, I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub on the Bufo frog. Thanks so much for the votes and for the shares! I really appreciate that. Bye for now...

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi libby101a, thanks for reading my Hub about the nasty Bufo frog. Thanks for the nice compliment. My Baby sleeps with me too every night! Goodnight.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      So sorry to hear of your friends dog but pleased that Baby is OK thanks to your quick thinking. What an awful experience to go through.

      A great hub and good information. The CPR video is excellent.

      Thank you for sharing your story

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Great and informative article. My dogs have also had run ins with frogs and foam at the mouth -- like you, I quickly grab the garden hose. I don't know if the Bufo is in Texas but I'm going to be watching from here on. Our main concern is rattle snakes -- and your friend who puts moth balls around her fence is very wise. Snakes hate the smell of them. You were so wise to administer quick aid to your Baby -- it's often hard to think clearly in an emergency -- congratulations! Wonderful information for all pet owners! Best/Sis

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      That does it I'm not moving to Florida. Good informative read. Voted up useful and interesting.