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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Break an Egg, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    My neighbor came over asking for pepto bismall, and I asked her if her mom is okay. She said it is for her dog, a 6 month old pit bull named Nevaeh. She said she is very sick, foaming at the mouth, and may have eaten a frog, or a toad. I like my neighbors, and I think they should go to the vet, but the lady next door is a single mom and a vet may be out of the question.

    Please help!
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  2. Fowl-Language

    Fowl-Language Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Longview, WA
    Call a vet, at least for advice. Many meds that are OK for us are lethal to animals.

    For what it's worth, I'm a single mom too (full time working professional, very liberal btw) who can't afford a purebred dog let alone the vet bills that would accompany it. Perhaps your neighbor could use some assistance with money management, financial responsibility, prioritization, and learning to tell herself "no". Sorry to kvetch, I guess it's too early on a Monday morning for me. I wish the dog only the best.
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Sick, foaming? Did this poor dog ever get a rabies shot?
  4. summerwindsfarm

    summerwindsfarm Songster

    Jun 5, 2008
    Stroud, Oklahoma
    There are very few toads that are actually poisonous. If the dog bit a toad odds are it will foam at the mouth a bit and feel very nauseous for a few hours and then be fine. The way this protects the toads is after feeling this way a dog will remember and not bite another toad!

    That said..there are other reasons for foaming at the mouth so if it persists a vet should certainly be consulted. Rabies is the least likely reason. I have seen dogs puking with parvo that foamed at the mouth a lot. I had a dog who had a stroke that foamed at the mouth, and no he wasnt old. I have also seen dogs foam at the mouth when they were choking on a bone. Poisoning is also a very common reason for a dog to foam at the mouth, and a very deadly one.
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  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I don't know if they have them in Texas, but we have a certain kind of imported toad here that can kill a dog if they even mouth it awhile.
  6. ncgnance

    ncgnance Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    If the neighbor's dog ate a toad, then, yes, he'd be foaming at the mouth. That's the toad's defense, and the dog probably didn't eat the toad, just tasted him. In fact, my nephew was playing with a toad, at about the age of 3, and he got his hands in his mouth, as most kids will do. Guess what?? He started foaming at the mouth, too. And crying and making an awful racket. I guess toads have a pretty good defense there....
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  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I do not think the Pepto Bismal is a good idea, not without at least calling a vet and asking.

    If the dog is acting this ill, it is my personal opinion that a vet should be consulted.

    If she is foaming, because she at some amphibian, I think it would most likely be a toad. I know many dogs who eat toads foam at the mouth, but I also know many dogs that actively hunt frogs, and none of them foam at the mouth.

    Get the pup to the vet to check off any more serious issues.

  8. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    One other thing they will have to watch is if the dog might have ate something to large that had obstructed the esophagus(SP?). My sister had a little dog that gulped down half of a dog treat one time. He cried as it went down and then it seemed like he was fine. Then suddenly he started kinda throwing up foam. I rushed him to the vet and after many different checks they took x-rays and the treat was stuck at the opening into the stomach. $350 later and having to go through the stomach to get to it, the treat was out. Foaming means a lot of things. If they saw it bite the toad that is one thing but if they are only guessing then there are so many other things it could be. Jenn
  9. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Here in Florida we have Buffo frogs they are poisonness frogs that dogs will bite at they release the poisons in their mouth when our dog did this we were told to rinse his mouth out with a hose and hope for the best we were lucky many dogs die from this
  10. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    I have a jack/beagle mix and it took her about 5 times to learn not to get a toad in her mouth. She would foam terribly and I would have to put the toad outside the fence where she couldnt get it. The foaming is quite nasty looking but she has no ill affects from it. She now just "paws" at them til I rescue it from her.

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