Amphibians and Chytridiomycosis

Let's discuss amphibians and chytridiomycosis. Pet owners need to be aware of fungal diseases and their horrible effects. Amphibian owners need to worry about one specific fungal infection that has high mortality rates. This fungal disease is Chytridiomycosis.

Chytridiomycosis is a disease caused by a fungus that is related to water molds. The fungus usually comes from water and affects amphibian skin.

This is a dangerous disease and can even lead to death in some case. The fungus feeds a protein in skin. A sign of Chytridiomycosis is shedding skin. Occasional shedding may be normal, but excessive shedding is not. Amphibians with this fungal disease may also have pale skin and develop thickened skin. Other noticeable symptoms include lethargy, abnormal behavior, loss of appetite, and abnormal posture.

In some cases an amphibian is infected with the fungus that cases Chytridiomycosis, but they don't show any symptoms.  Amphibians can be carriers of this disease without suffering from its affects. 

The fungus that causes this disease is usually introduced to an amphibian through contaminated water. Dirty water can also spread many other types of infections to a pet, that is why it's vital for pet owners to always keep their amphibians, reptiles, and fish in clean water.

If a pet is showing the symptoms of Chytridiomycosis, it is important to seek treatment. A veterinarian can diagnose the disease and begin treating the pet. An antifungal medication is the most common treatment for Chytridiomycosis. The antifungal medication can usually be put into water to create a bath for the amphibian. Light therapy may also be recommended by a veterinarian.

Chytridiomycosis kills many amphibians. It is important to try to prevent it and if a pet does get the disease immediate treatment is needed. All instructions given by a veterinarian should be followed or an infected amphibian is fairly likely to die.

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