Preventing Your Amphibian from Getting an Infection

Let's discuss different ways on preventing your amphibian from getting an infection.

Improper pet care can lead to a lot of issues, that many people aren't even aware of. Allowing a pet to live in a dirty environment may seem like not much of a big deal, but it is. It is very unhealthy and could possibly lead to the death of that pet.

People don't want to be trapped in a house with their waste and old spoiled food, neither do animals. It is unhealthy and leads to bacterial infections. One example of this is Mycobacteriosis which is a bacterial infection that amphibians get. It can also be spread to people.

A completely healthy amphibian actually has a natural immunity to mycobacteria which is the type of bacteria that leads to the disease mycobacteriosis. If an amphibian is ill, stressed, injured, or already has another type of infection, they become more susceptible to mycobacteria which they can get from contaminated food, water, and they can even get it like an airborne virus.

Preventing a compromised immune system, prevents mycobacteriosis. Preventing this disease should be very important to any amphibian owners that want to keep themselves and their pets healthy.

So, how can you prevent your pet from having a compromised immune system? Believe it or not, it's very easy. Clean it's habitat often and sanitize it's tank regularly to kill bacteria. Make sure all pets always have clean drinking water. Check ingredients in pet foods, don't just give your pet any food in the pet store that said it was for amphibians. Commercial pet food companies often try to make a profit, instead of trying to make nutritional pet food. An improper diet doesn't make for a healthy pet.

If your amphibian does have mycobacteriosis symptoms they would probably have gray lumps on their body as well as skin ulcers and a mucus discharge coming from their nostril area. In this case, make sure you handle them only while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Mycobacteriosis isn't curable in amphibians and it can be spread to humans.  

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.