Dog starts foaming at the mouth. When mom realizes it’s due to a toxic toad, she grabs a hose!

Shelley Nelson is a dog lover from Phoenix, Arizona, who once let her pit bull, Buddha, out into the backyard before bed to have a last go-around outside.“It was probably about 8:30 at night, and I had let him out in the night to go outside before bed,” said Shelley. That’s when she heard her son yelling. Then, Buddha began foaming at the mouth.“He was probably outside for 10 to 15 minutes and then I had my son Tyler go check on him because he [Buddha] can get into trouble,” she said. “My son came running back in and my son said ‘Mom! Buddha’s got a toad.’”


Shelley understood she had to act fast. She had her son grab the garden hose to flush out Buddha’s mouth.But she noticed that the poor pup was unable to walk, and his muscles became tense. Fortunately, Buddha was in good hands. Shelley was a vet technician years before she eventually became a teacher.

She knew she had to bring Buddha to the emergency room.

“They started giving him some fluids, they started to flush his mouth out some more and within five minutes they came out and said, ‘You know, we are a little concerned — his temperature is 106,” said Shelley.

The doctors continued to treat Buddha and within the hour his fever was down and he could walk. After two days, he was back to his normal self. The vet applauded Shelley for her quick-thinking, as immediately flushing out his mouth with water is what saved him.

Toxic toads are common during monsoon season. Toad toxicosis requires immediate medical treatment, otherwise it can lead to death. According to PetMD, these are the symptoms: seizures, pawing at the mouth or eyes, crying, profuse drooling, high temperature, difficulty breathing, and collapse.

Toxic toads tend to interact with dogs by nibbling on food that’s been left outside. The most common toads to poison dogs are the Colorado river toad and the marine toad.