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I know this should probably be in the Health/Welfare forum, but I feel this forum gets more views, so that's why I put it here.

I'd heard of the danger of poisonous toads before, but it never affected me until last night, so it wasn't in the forefront of my mind. My dogs are fine, but here's what happened:

The past week I've seen a small toad in my yard. I never would have really noticed but my dogs were playing with something so I checked. I moved him to safety - they eat lots of bugs so I didn't want my dogs to kill him. (Ironic!) Last night they found him again, and were pawing at him/trying to grab him. They were very intent, but I finally got them back into the house with treats as a lure.

Daisy, my beagle, must have had him for a second, because I did notice her obviously trying to get some nasty taste out of her mouth. She was pawing at her mouth and her tongue was trying to get rid of whatever was bad. On a whim I Googled, and <span style="color: #FF0000"><span style="font-weight: bold">OMG!</span></span> I had NO IDEA how dangerous they are! I live in St. Louis, and had never really heard of a problem here. WRONG! I'll link an article below, with almost 100 responses from people who had dogs become very ill or die, and it happens very quickly. Daisy seemed perfectly fine, she must have only gotten a tiny amount of toad poison, but I wiped out her mouth with a wet towel and cleaned both dogs' paws to be sure.

I hope it is only the one toad in my yard. I know a BUNCH live about 1/4 mile away, I can hear them at night. I plan to mow my yard shorter, and fix my leaking hose. (I water my gardens after work, and the hose leaves a nice wet area that I now know attracts toads.) I'm cleaning up all the potential hiding places for toads too. I took apart a Rubbermaid shed and some of the smaller pieces are lying on the groud. There is also an old cement slab that the shed was on, and it has a gap underneath. Have to figure out how to fill that and put a barrier on it. I will also not let my dogs in the yard alone after dark.

I feel kind of stupid - I think I'm pretty educated about dogs, yet had no idea toads are a problem everywhere, not just Florida and other states you typically hear about as infested.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Please</span> take the time to read the article and all of the responses. There is excellent information on what to do, and knowing this could save your dog (or cat's) life.

Dogs and Poisonous Toads
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Thanks for posting -- my Maggie could have cared less about toads but I used to live in the Virgin Islands and one of my dogs at that time couldn't stay away from them (we called them grapos -- they were huge!). There was no way to keep them out of the yard and I just had to hope that she wouldn't take a bite. She lived to be 15 so all was good!
 

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Well, I found the little bugger again tonight, and relocated him. It's dark, and I went out into the back yard with the dogs and a flashlight. Within 2 minutes, there he was, hopping around with the dogs in pursuit. I flipped a bucket over him, got the dogs inside, then went back out and took him, (in the bucket), for a nice walk. I hope he is exploring his new home, and will not find his way back to mine.
 

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I know a man who lost his small dog to toad poisoning. How terrible.

I'm glad to hear Daisy is o.k. Thank you for the link and the reminder.
 

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When we lived in Hawaii, we knew to keep dogs away from these toads/frogs. I didn't know, however, that they were prevalent on the mainland. Thanks for the heads up!
 
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