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What is it [edit |edit source ]

A dangerous bacterial disease that amphibians get. It is caused by Saprophytic, gram-negative bacteria such as Aeromonas, Pseudomonas, Proteus, Citrobacter. [ 1 ] Though E. coli have besides been said to be responsible. [ 2 ]. It causes blood poisoning and open sores on the torso .
In amphibians the pulp turns white and rots away, revealing the deep loss layers underneath. This disease frequently appears at first in the peg ( possibly due to a injure ). But can equally appear elsewhere on the body. Because amphibians frequently breath through their skin, this disease is particularly deadly to them. The bacteria, if not treated, spreads throughout the torso cursorily and very frequently causes end in the animal.

Thin, newly acquired amphibians that have been maintained in poor-quality water or early inappropriate environmental conditions like poor diet or temperature are particularly susceptible. clinical signs include lethargy ; bonyness ; ulcerations of the skin, nose, and toes ; and characteristic sores of the legs and abdomen .

  • Overeating can cause constipation and therefore bacteria build up in the animal.

Treatment need to done very cursorily. Most gram-negative anti-bacteria treatments will get rid of it. The worry is getting the drug inside the animal as much it has stopped eating .

  • See treatments to get rid of Aeromonas or Pseudomonas bacteria.

Individuals can be treated initially with antibiotics like enrofloxacin ( 5–10 mg/kg ), oxytetracycline ( 50 mg/kg ), or chloramphenicol ( 50 mg/kg ). If fungal infection is suspected, a 0.01 % itraconazole bath ( 5 min daily for 8 days ) may be effective. Though frequently by the time you notice the infect animal it is much the case it is besides late to treat and you may need to consider euthanasia. however these notes may help if you decide to try to save the animal :

  • Put the animal in a small quarantine tank asap. With DAFs put it in a minimum level of water to just cover it.
  • Perform a 50% water change asap in the main tank and do so again every 2–3 days for 2 weeks to reduce levels of waste in the tank. Check the methods you employ to keep the tank. They may need a rethink.
  • A treatment of potassium permanganate may reduce the level of organic material suspended in the main tank water and will therefore help to reduce levels of this bacteria.
  • A 1% solution of sea salt in a small quarantine tank will help destroy this bacteria and will minimise electrolyte imbalance in the animal during treatment.
  • Lastly treat the animal with an anti-bacteria agent as stated in the above links and try to tempt the animal to eat.

  • Feed good quality diet with at least 3 different foods to ensure correct nutrition.
  • Regular water changes with monitoring of nitrogen levels to ensure their absent.
  • Stress free environment to ensure immune system is working.
  • Consider setting up a soil based tank or adding bottled waste bacteria to perform competitive exclusion. See also Walstad.

special notes [edit |edit source ]

In the UK there is a virus called the ‘Ranavirus ‘ [ 3 ] [ 4 ] that attacks the leg of frogs and toads called commoningly ‘Red Leg ‘. [ 5 ]