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    Well, about 10mins ago, Mollie came in through the door with LOADS of froth hanging from her muzzle. My mum instantly said “Must be a cane toad, offer her some milk” I don’t know if it was right or not, but I was freaking out and offered it to her – she took maybe 2 licks but that was it. I cleaned her face with a damp flannel, and she bolted to the door. I followed her but wasn’t thinking correctly enough to let her out, so she then bolted into the nearest room – my parents and did a soft (Not runny, but really soft) poo on their carpet.
    I took her outside and she did another poo and started acting a bit like herself. She was still frothing at the mouth at this stage. She didn’t want to come inside, so I stayed outside with her, watching her every move as she followed Boof around.

    I put her in the enclosed laundry area (Which is outside on our deck) and offered her just water and wiped her face with a flannel as she frothed less and less.

    Anyway, trying not to make this a novel, about a few minutes ago, she finally stopped frothing & is now COMPLETELY back too normal. Infact, attacking her toys as I type.

    My heart is still thudding so fast and I was and still am so scared. She is my heart dog. I have never loved a dog as much as I love her. I am actually surprised that I stayed pretty calm and thought some things through when she was like this

    But... Now she is absolutely STARVING! Hanging around in the kitchen and hovering around the ground. I don’t want to feed her, as she might vomit?
    Should I feed or not?

    Thanks guys. Am still in scared mode – I am not sure if what I did was right and I HAVE to thank Masha for listening to my clipped sentences on MSN while I was attending to Miss.Mollie.

    She seems completely fine now, but I’ll be keeping an eye on her. What could it have been? I am thinking it must have been a toad most likely..
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    I hope shes doing ok

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    Oh my goodness, I hope some other Queenslanders can offer some advice, as I have no idea - except to pass on hugs to you and Mollie.

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    Frothing Mouth = My biggest nightmare...

    On the + side, if Mollie is eating, that is usually a good sign..... My fingers are crossed for both of you..

    EDIT : ps.. ring a vet for advice if you're worried... sounds like a cane toad had an altercation with mollie..
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    From: Cane Toads and Dogs! And how to deal with them!

    Signs of Toad poisoning

    Due to its corrosive and irritant nature, the poison will cause profuse salivation soon after your pet bites the toad. Following this, vomiting often occurs, especially in cats. Cats also show hindquarter weakness and a fixed trance-like stare.

    If your dog is poisoned, it will usually suffer from seizures or convulsions. These convulsions are usually fatal unless you seek urgent veterinary attention. The poison can also affect the heart of dogs and cats, causing immediate cardiac arrest.

    After it has mouthed a toad, it is vital that you remove all trace of the poison from your pets’ teeth and gums. Using a jet of water from a hose is an effective way of doing this. The water jet should be directed forward out of your pet's mouth, not down into its throat.

    Toads are a nocturnal menace. They regularly poison dogs, such as Terriers, which often chase small animals. To prevent the problem, do not allow your dog to go outside unattended at night. Take it out on a lead if the need arises.

    Place two or three bells on your dog’s collar. The bells will not affect the toad, but you will learn to recognise the telltale jingling sound the bells make when your dog is ‘suspiciously active’. Immediate investigation when the bells are ringing may save your dog’s life.

    Toad Poisoning Symptoms - drool or mouth irritation, shaking head, vomiting or dry heaves, weakness (or collapsing), difficulty breathing, blue gums, seizures, death. Flush the mouth with water and seek veterinary care. If possible identify the type of toad.
    This is not meant to cause a panic either, this is just what I have found

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    Hey Demi,

    It is highly likely the froth is not from a cane toad at all. Was Boof outside with her at the time, before she came to the door with froth all over her mouth?

    Sometimes, when dogs are in fear mode, or in extrmely high excitement mode, they can tend to froth at the mouth. The froth will be white, and yeah, it can look like a dog who's had a run in with a cane toad. It will often be accompanied by panting, and the runny poos lead me to suspect it is from high excitement as well.

    If she appears fine, is not vomiting and is not appearing weak in the limbs (particularly back legs and hocks) then I wouldn't worry TOO much, but would certainlyu keep an eye on her and try to keep her a little calmer for a while. Hope that helps.

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    For future reference, if you suspect cane toad poisoning, wash the mouth out with water. Literally wash it out- not offer milk (o.O) or water. The poison tends to stick inside the mouth. So flush the water through her mouth, like you would run water over your eye if you got shampoo in it. After you do this for a good ten minutes or so of this, try to keep the dog calm. I've been told by my vet not to feed, but others seem to have varying opinions.

    If she appears to get worse (such as she starts to tremble, convulse, is lethargic or seems to be in great pain) get her to the vet immediately! Cane toad poisoning CAN be fatal.

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    Thanks guys! I was up ALLLLL night o.O
    I woke up at about 1am, got up and checked to make sure she was fine and I couldnt go back to sleep. My eyes hurt, but its too late to sleep now!
    Mollie seems back to herself. She woke up, a hyper-mess, like the usual
    I feel alot better now and I think she does aswel.
    BTW, thanks for the info on cane toads and poisoning!

    Oh, @ DA - Maybe, but she was not coming to me or the family - at one point she even just lay on the grass. She was definately NOT acting like her self.

    Lordy, that was a freaky night :S I am just glad she is back to hyper, cuddly, adventrous self!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demi View Post
    Thanks guys! I was up ALLLLL night o.O
    I woke up at about 1am, got up and checked to make sure she was fine and I couldnt go back to sleep. My eyes hurt, but its too late to sleep now!
    Mollie seems back to herself. She woke up, a hyper-mess, like the usual
    I feel alot better now and I think she does aswel.
    BTW, thanks for the info on cane toads and poisoning!

    Oh, @ DA - Maybe, but she was not coming to me or the family - at one point she even just lay on the grass. She was definately NOT acting like her self.

    Lordy, that was a freaky night :S I am just glad she is back to hyper, cuddly, adventrous self!
    Oh sorry Demi. You didn't mention that in your post.

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    Glad she's back to her normal self.

    Stories like this make me happy to be living in crappy Sydney.

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