Sonoran Desert Toads and dogs
During the monsoon season Sonoran desert toads emerge from the ground. These toads secrete a poisonous slimelike fluid. When these toads emerge, dogs catch these toads but the toad’s toxin can be deadly to dogs. The symptoms of toad poisoning include: excessive salivation, foaming at the mouth, head shaking, irritated gums, drunken gait, confusion, heart arrhythmia, vomiting, diarrhea and weakness or collapse.
For an image of this toad go to U.S. Fish and Wildlife web site: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/Amphibians.htm
“Humane Society has toad-avoidance class.” Arizona Daily Star. July 1, 2008. Page E2.