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Read About Amphibian Diseases Conditions

There is a variety of diseases and conditions that can afflict your amphibian. Here's what you need to know about Amphibian Diseases and Conditions.

Dropsy

This condition occurs in many aquatic animals and is characterized by lethargy and abdominal bloating. Dropsy should be treated immediately by a veterinarian.

Metabolic Bone Disease

This condition, caused by a calcium deficiency, is characterized by skeletal deformities and difficulty eating due to irregular jaws. Prevention through good nutrition is the best treatment for this condition.

Bumblefoot

Caused by a bacterial infection, bumblefoot causes the toes and limbs to become swollen and abscessed and can lead to limb loss. It can be treated with a broad-spectrum antibacterial bath.

Fungal Infections

Amphibians are prone to fungal infections because of their moist environments. Fungus causes redness and inflammation, white or yellow furry growths on the skin and/or sores and lesions. Topical antiseptics are generally effective in the early stages of an infection.

Gas Bubble Disease

When the water in an amphibian's tank is supersaturated with gas it can cause a buildup of oxygen in its bloodstream. Symptoms include bubbles appearing in skin webbing and the inability to stay submerged. The condition can be treated by employing a gentler water circulation system or none at all.

Heat-related Muscle Spasm Syndrome

This condition is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures and causes erratic flinching or jerking of the hind legs. It may lead to paralysis. The only treatment for this syndrome is prevention by carefully monitoring the temperature of the amphibian cage and adjusting as necessary.