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    Unhappy Gypsy & the Toad!

    Hi Everyone

    What is the best way to train Gypsy to keep away from toads? yesterday morning DH found the dogs running around the yard playing when he discovered that Miss Gypsy had a little toad in her mouth. He got her to "release" and he promptly put it in the bin.

    When he came back inside to get ready for work she started throwing up. So he cleaned it up and she seemed fine for a not well pup.

    When he came home she had thrown up 2 and it was all her breakfast. I'm guessing it was from the toad.

    I know they can be deadly but we aren't awake at night to keep watch on her. We are create training them at the moment but I don't want her locked up at night.

    Any suggestions?
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    I have absolutely no idea and would worry too. I hope someone has some advice.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Hi Di_dee1

    I know she's all sooky at the moment and when she was lying in her create she looked as if she was in pain as she didn't seem to be getting comfortable.

    I'm trying very very hard not to baby her!
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    ring your vet to double check thing with them. I nearly lost boss to rat bait poisioning..

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    Being Queenslanders originally, my husband and I found a cricket bat or golf club worked the best.

    Sorry, that's not really any help is it? Lol.
    Seriously, their poison WILL kill. Must find a way to keep them from ingesting the toads in any way.
    I would be trying to train your dog that touching them is a bad thing, but that is easier said than done with a dog's natural prey instinct, isn't it.

    I never lost a dog to cane toad poisioning, but know plenty who did, so I would seriously be reconsidering finding a safe place for the dogs to sleep each night, Huskymum.

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    We worry about this too- when I took Ziggy out for a wee the other night she tried to go for one.

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    DA - The cricket bat would be fantastic if I was brave enough to get that close!!

    Well not that we have a lot of toads near our place infact that's only about the 4th or 5th we've had in about 2 years. Poor wittle girl. She is much better today.
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    You can try oral vitamin C might help if they ingest a little bit of poison like that. You can get tasteless Sodium Ascorbate powder at a health food shop. Mix a teaspoon in a little milk or something similar that she likes to boost her immune system while she processes the toxin.

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    Don't be afraid to get near them, Huskymum. They don't bite, claw or spit poison. They are quite harmless in every way unless you intend to lick their backs. I go around the yard every now and again and pick them all up before disposing of them properly.

    If you dog is throwing up, shaking, excessively hot (I found this with my dog), or looking generally in pain or unwell (remember that the poison CAN induce heart attacks), wash the dog's mouth out for a good ten minutes with water, and call your vet.

    I personally trained my dog not to lick their backs or eat them by pouring metho over the toad (not particularly nice for the toad, lol). This seemed to ward Leo off it right away. He learned how to flip them over to their backs, however, so that he can bite at their stomachs (the poison glands are only present behind the eyes) We go hunting for them fairly often.

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    Hi Guys

    There are some great tips there! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out now. And now I'm more confident if she should have one again! Thank you!
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