“One of my son’s fire bellied toads escaped and is either in our home someplace, or our golden retriever found him. My question is, if we find the toad is it okay to return him to the aquarium right away? Wouldn’t being exposed to all of our human “toxins” make him sick if we in fact find him? Also… if our golden in fact ate the toad, I’m sure I’d see signs of some sort of distress, but nothing yet. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. “
Although they don’t look like they can climb very well, fire-bellied toads are escape artists. That’s why it is important to use a secure screen cover to prevent escapes.
Once you find the toad, soak it in amphibian-safe water for an hour or so to hydrate it, then it should be okay to place it back into the enclosure. If there are other toads in the enclosure you could set up temporary housing for the escaped toad with a moist paper towel substrate and a large water dish. Observe the toad carefully for several days and so long as it appears to be behaving normally it should be fine to put it back in the enclosure with the others.
Regarding the dog, if your golden retriever shows signs of illness contact a veterinarian. I don’t know how eating a toad would affect a dog but it would not be a bad idea to get in touch with a vet if you notice strange behavior or vomiting.