Toads and Dogs

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The Cane Toad, commonly known as the Bufo Toad is an invasive, nonnative species and extremely poisonous. The Cane Toad, are more prevalent in the summer in Florida and can be deadly to your dog. Toads are most active after rainfall, dawn, dusk or nighttime so dog owners

The toxins can cause dogs to foam at the mouth, vomit and show signs of distress such as pawing at the mouth and eyes. “Dog owners who suspect their pet has licked or eaten a toad should contact their vet straight away or, out of hours, their nearest Vets Now pet emergency clinic or 24/7 hospital.

What can I do to keep cane toads off my property?
  1. Cut your grass regularly and keep it short.
  2. Fill in any holes around structures.
  3. Trim the underside of shrubs.
  4. Keep branches or riprap off the ground.
  5. Clear away brush piles.
  6. Remove clutter.
The University of Florida recommends euthanizing them by rubbing or spraying 20% benzocaine toothache gel or sunburn spray (not 5% lidocaine) on the toad. In a few minutes, it will become unconscious. Put the toad in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer for 24-48 hours to ensure it is humanely euthanized.
So, yes, vinegar will get rid of frogs. Vinegar can keep frogs away by causing a burning sensation at their feet. This is a more humane way of discouraging frogs from infesting your home. For maximum effect, mix the vinegar with an equal amount of water and then apply it with a spray bottle in the area with frogs.