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My 10lb dog tried to pick up a frog with her mouth. It was

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My 10lb dog tried to pick up a frog with her mouth. It was alive and she quickly let it go. I'm in FL and hear there are poisonous frogs here. Should I watch for any specific signs?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.

Hello and welcome,

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.

Hello again and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. This is usually no problem as long as you are dealing with a frog or a non toxic species of toad as in fact most are. But non toxic frogs and toads are able to excrete a slight toxin from their skins which is bitter and designed to make animals which have picked them up drop them at once and so the frog escapes. This toxin can make your dog foam at the mouth and salivate and sometimes vomit or feel slightly unwell for an hour or so. However all you need do here is to flush out your dog's mouth with lots of water and the situation will normally correct itself within an hour or so. And whatever happens this is not usually a serious situation which would pass even if you do nothing.

2. Hopefully you were dealing with a frog which is no problem but be aware though that in some parts of the world including parts of FL USA there are poisonous species of toads and toad poisoning can be very serious or even life threatening. If this was the case with your dog then it will be getting steadily and obviously worse, and if in doubt you should take your dog to an ER vet without delay. For an in depth article including expected symptoms with poisonous toads please follow this LINK

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.


Dr Scott.
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