Sep 7, 2008

Why is it bad news for a dog to attempt to eat a frog?


A number of years ago, when my daughter was living with me, she woke me up in a panic one morning at 4:00 am. Now I have been known to stay up til 4:00 am, but to be woken up at that time is just wrong! So as I'm waking up I can hear the dog running wildly through the house, using the entire carpet as a face napkin, and panting like crazy.

So Nik tells me that she had gone outside on the patio to smoke a cigarette and, as usual, Tobi went with her. While they are out there a frog joined them. We hardly ever get frogs here but this one turned up and Tobi was curious. She had never seen a frog before and decided to inspect it more closely. The frog would take a few hops and Tobi would follow it, so the frog would take a few more hops and Tobi would follow. I guess the frog became annoyed with this game and hopped into the garden making it more difficult for Tobi's close inspection. So Tobi decided to do the logical thing... move the frog back on to the patio.

According to Nik, Tobi was not trying to hurt the frog, she just wasn't finished with the game. Now I have to believe that because I've seen Tobi when her heart was set on evil. There is no doubt when her goal is "kill or be killed". This generally occurs with cats, rabbits, mice, and squirels. Birds, crickets, frogs, geckos, and flies are just novelty items to pass the time. So anyway, Tobi picked up the frog in her mouth to move it and immediately spit it out and went tearing out down the patio and on to the grass with foam pouring out of her mouth as she rubbed her face all over the lawn in a desperate attempt to rid herself of this nasty discovery.

Not knowing what was going on, I called a 24 hour Animal Hospital and asked them if frogs were toxic to dogs and the guy on the other end kind of chuckled and said "So your dog got a hold of a frog huh?" I took the chuckle to be an encouragement that this was not a life threatening situation and was quite relieved.

It seems that God has given frogs a highly effective defense mechanism by making their skin toxic enough to cause a very immediate, and from Tobi's response, quite uncomfortable reaction. I don't think Tobi will be interested in frogs anymore.

Jeremiah was a bullfrog...
was no friend of mine.
I tried to help him out and how he repayed me
was with a mouth full of foamy slime,
and it was mighty nasty foamy slime....



HisPrincess said...

Too funny! And a great photo of your pooch!

We used to have cane toads when I lived in north Queensland and I knew they were toxic but I didn't know all frogs were.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Well, who says blogs are all entertainment and noneducational? I just learned something. Note to self: Do not let Zoe lick frog. It might kill her. Also, thanks for the fun comment about my espressso machine in the header. I so loved that. It took the designer a while to figure out how to do it, and I don't think she was too happy about that, but I sure have enjoyed it.

My ADHD Me said...

Hi. Now I'll be singing that song for the next few days. I haven't heard it in such a long time. Reminds me of Bad Bad Leroy Brown.
I've been here trying to think up funny lyrics to write....nothing.


ADHD-Jo (haha)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

THAT IS HYSTERICAL. But bet it wasn't funny at the time! LOL
SEND TOBI MY LOVE! ~ i'LL NEVER get her sweet, 1-floppy eared, FOAMY mug out of my head. Hope she leaves the frogs alone for EVER!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Edie
Ewwww I don't like frogs or toads lol. I know my friends dog got hold of a toad and he had to go the vet ASAP.. Is there a difference if a dog get's hold of a frog verses a toad? Well I'm glad your doggy was okay!!

Hugz Lorie

Renee said...

EEWWW! So Funny. I have a little girl who loves to chase frogs!! Let's hope she never puts one in her mouth! (Not unlikely)

Chatty Kelly said...

well, interesting to know. I have 2 dogs. and of course, I love the song closer...would have done that myself.

Joy to the world, all you boys & girls,
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea

Truth4thejourney said...

OH Dear! I never realized this fact. I wonder, do frogs have any natural enemies?

Thanks for sharing, my kids will love to learn about this one. :)


Irritable Mother said...

What in interesting piece of trivia. And since we're on the verge of getting a dog, maybe I'll need that knowledge some day. So, Thanks!
Love, love, LOVE the song!
*big grin*