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    We are loving.

    The dogs think the back yard is xmas. We previously had a yard with no trees or gardens - just lawn. And now, our yard is a jungle (though half of it has been and is in the process of being removed). The dogs think it is fantastic, lots to smell and pee on.

    The ll was here doing work the other day and the OH let the dogs out for "toilies" and the pool gate was open. The dogs havent been past the pool gate as beyond the pool is where the current work is being done so Barney saw the open gate and charged straight down there and across the pool coverLOL. Apparently he promptly pooped himself and scrambled off. That would have been hilarious if the cover had fallen off (though pool is currently not in a good state so yucky too).

    Unfortunately, my little escaper managed to find some gaps on day 2 so when we go out they are both confined to the washhouse at the moment. When we are home they are inside with supervised loo breaks.

    There are a couple of areas we could make enclosures for them, however we have probably settled on the deck off our room. It's about 4m by 4m. Already has some railing in place so we just need to trellis is and pop a gate/ence on one side and they will have a safe outdoor area (which will need daily hosing off as its a deck) for when we are not home.

    I am not so worried about barney in the yard as he cant escape (he is too big for any of the gaps) but I dont want to keep them separate as we have just had months of that so a special dog enclosure it shall be. Though will wait til the work has been finished else they will go crazy all day at the workers/landlord.

    Anyway, we are loving the house. The pool is huge and we have loads of different outdoor entertainment areas which is awesome (arty at mine when its all finished LOL). Brisbane is nice and warm (IMO). The people are ridiculously friendly.

    Loving it, specially me.

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    Its lovely weather here at the moment! And it will only get better now too, you picked the best time to move here lol

    If you are into shopping you should check out Mt Ommaney (if you haven't already) just down the centenary mwy best shopping centre around there!

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    Glad to hear you're enjoying the move lala. We want pics of your jungle back yard though!
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    Hi Lala,
    Glad to hear your enjoying QLD. Just a quick heads up though, we are starting to see plenty of Canetoads again now its warming up so a golf club at the back door is a must !!
    Not sure if your dogs have seen them before so it may be worth keeping a eye out for them.
    Good luck with your new home.

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    WTF, there are cane toads here too?

    OMG...do they come in the city? And what happens if the dogs get them? No they havent seen them before.

    Barney spent the first 4 years of his life in NZ so wildlife is not really common, except birds in the sky. He has been going crazy as we have a scrub turkey often visit our yard here and he wants to eat it.

    Pippi is a little Ozzy but she hasnt really seen anything like that either.

    Will they get poisoned if they eat them?

    What are the chances I am going to get some in my backyard?

    Why do I need a golf club?

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    Hi Lala

    Sorry if i got you worried, if a scrub turkey can visit you there will more than likely be toads for sure.. My old Ridgy tried to eat one when he was young and luckily i caught him in the act. I rang the vet who told me to wash his mouth out for as long as i could. It was a real effort and his gums where all red and inflamed and he was salivating alot. He was alright after i washed his mouth out with the hose for about 10 mins. Fourtunately for me he never went near them again after that.

    To see if you have any leave a light on at night shining over the lawn, you may see some sitting in the light or even under the light as they eat the bugs that fall from the light itself. The ones here will even try and get in the dogs water bowl. Its only early in the season and i have only seen say 10 in the last week. Soon there will be that in my yard every night at least. Remember though i am 6 hours north of Brizzy, but my parents on the Gold Coast have them hanging around to.

    A golf club, while maybe a bit gross or harsh for some is the quickest way to make the toad your neighbours problem with a nice chip shot over the fence.

    Im not sure exactly how poisonous they are to dogs but i have heard they can kill crocs up in the NT so i guess they would kill a dog in the worst case scenario.
    Sorry to get you worried but i thought i should mention it.

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    I hate cane toads.........But it sounds like you are all settling into your new place
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    Welcome to Qld, glad you are loving your new place!
    The people are ridiculously friendly.

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    I use to live in Forest Lake and there were plenty of cane toads there. I have found that they generally like to hide in and under things (like wood, tin, and anything lying around) also I've found them in the dirt and sleeping in a hole under a concrete path way.

    My dogs just bark at them which makes me come and have a look at what it is. I don't think they have tried to eat any yet cause they are still alive lol (I think they know they are yucky). When I find them I put them in a plastic bag and chuck them in the bin. They are very resilient and have the ability to be run over by a car, suck their guts back in and hop away... so you have to kill them good!

    Toads exude a milky white toxin mostly from poison glands behind their eyes, but elsewhere on their body as well. They squeeze this poison onto the surface of their skin when they are under threat. When treated roughly, they can even squirt the poison up to two metres.

    Dogs and cats are poisoned when they mouth the toad or sometimes when the toad's poison gets into their eyes.

    The toad's poison is also dangerous to humans and deaths have occurred. Some adults have even been affected when they absorbed the poison through cuts in their skin after handling a toad.

    Due to its corrosive and irritant nature, the toad's venom will cause profuse salivation soon after your pet bites it. Pets affected by the irritant venom will paw their mouth due to the pain. If you see your pet drooling and distressed but haven't seen it attack a toad, look at its gums. If they are red and inflamed, toad poisoning is likely.

    Vomiting often occurs, especially in cats. Cats also show hindquarter weakness and a fixed trance-like stare.

    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.

    Do this:-

    Use a jet of water from a hose to remove the toxin
    The water jet should be directed forward out of your pet's mouth, not down into its throat.
    Rubbing the teeth and gums with a soft rag containing human toothpaste may also help to remove the toxin.
    Just try not to get toads confused with marsh frog's and kill them (they have the same sort of colouring) - a marsh frog is in the pic below!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    WTF, there are cane toads here too?

    OMG...do they come in the city? And what happens if the dogs get them? No they havent seen them before.

    Barney spent the first 4 years of his life in NZ so wildlife is not really common, except birds in the sky. He has been going crazy as we have a scrub turkey often visit our yard here and he wants to eat it.

    Pippi is a little Ozzy but she hasnt really seen anything like that either.

    Will they get poisoned if they eat them?

    What are the chances I am going to get some in my backyard?

    Why do I need a golf club?

    Just more on cane toads. As Sean said if you catch your dog in the act of having a lick or grabbing one the best thing to do is wash their mouth out BUT be careful that you wash it out sideways so the water comes out the side of their mouth otherwise if you wash it down their throat you are washing the toxins into the dogs system.

    I have lived in Qld my entire life and we have had dogs my entire life, in total our family (including us kids as grown ups) have had 8 dogs and not one has even gotten sick from a cane toad. They are not all that interesting to dogs. Keira did have a grab at one earlier in the year and Phoenix ate most of a dead one and I did instantly wash both of their mouths out but neither had any side effects at all, they tend to have one go get a taste of the poison and they won't do it again as it tastes gross and makes their mouth tingle. Actually now I think about it people lick cane toads because of the "tingle" you get from the toxins, so really your dogs are only in trouble if they have a good munch on a live one)

    Ticks are a different story, it is a BIG tick season so make sure they are covered, especially if you are in an area with bush turkeys.

    All in all sounds like you are enjoying it so far.

    There seems to be a good 5 - 6 (Me, Angela, Lala, Sean, Jonbox, Jadielee) of us here in QLD now so we should have a meet up like they are doing in Sydney!! I would love to meet all your dogs!

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