I have a dwarf african frog that until yesterday was fine.. Suddenly, she is enormously bloated and skin seems to be shredding.. I have 4 more frogs in the same tank.. Is it worse to move the sick frog or leave her be? I fear she is dying..
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 3
Name of Animal: Holly
Nothing.. Bloat symptoms just noticeable tonight
Hello,i'm sorry to hear your frog is sick. You're right that the frog is probably dying. This is simply called bloat. A frog can live for a few days with it, but will eventually die. It is thought to sometimes be caused by a bacteria that infects the lymph system, leading to fluid accumulation. If only the stomach is bloated, it can be an impaction or digestive system infection. You could remove the frog to an isolation tank, and try one of the antibiotics made for tropical fish. Some of those medications are toxic to frogs, so be sure you get one that is labeled safe for frogs. Treatment isn't likely to work, but you can try. If you want to do everything possible, a vet may be able to drain the fluid, and then prescribe an appropriate antibiotic. However, with a frog this small, it would be very touchy and risky, and probably unsuccessful.If the other frogs aren't bothering Holly, it would be all right to leave her in the tank. If they're picking on her, you'll want to remove her. Another option is to humanely end the sick frog's suffering. If you want to do that, let me know and I'll tell you how. There's no additional fee for this.In this unfortunate situation, there really is no right thing to do. Any of the choices I listed above would be all right. Let me know if you need more information on euthanasia, help finding a vet, or have more questions. Just click on REPLY.AnnaIf you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more", please stop, and instead reply to me via the REPLY button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.Thank you.
Thank you for your answer... The other frogs are not bothering her at all.. I just wanted to be sure it was okay to keep them together.. She is floating on a plastic vine and seems to be happier closer to the surface, as it is easier for her to get a bit of air... I guess it would be even more sad and stressful if I were to isolate her, so I'll leave things alone for now and check again in the morning.. But in case she seems worse or to be suffering more, I would appreciate your letting me know about euthanasia... As much as I don't want to have to go that route, I think it would be wrong to stand by and watch her suffer when there's really nothing that can be done otherwise...
I think you have a good plan to deal with this sad situation. If you decide to go ahead with euthanization, you’ll need some clove oil (eugenol) and some vodka. Clove oil is sold in pharmacies a s a toothache remedy. First take some water out of the tank. Measure it and keep track of how much it is. One cup is a good amount. Put the water in a small container, and then put in the frog. Next take a small jar or bottle and fill it with water from the tank. Add a drop of clove oil, and shake well. The clove oil will emulsify in the water, which should then turn white.Pour some of the clove oil/water mixture into the container the frog is in. After about 10 minutes, the frog should be asleep on the bottom. If it isn’t, add more of the clove oil/water. When the frog is asleep, add 25% vodka to the container. That means if you used one cup of water to begin with, you’ll add 1/4 cup of vodka. Wait about 30 minutes. At that point, the frog should be dead. Vets use clove oil as anesthesia for surgery. The alcohol then causes death, but by itself, it would be painful.I'm sorry not to have better news for you, and that you have to go through this.Anna
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