Bacterial Infections in Amphibians
Amphibians like many other pets are susceptible to different illnesses. Bacterial infections in amphibians are usually caused by mycobacteria.
Mycobacteria is a bacteria, a microscopic organism that is in nature and amphibians don't typically get infections from this bacteria. However, under some circumstances amphibians are more prone to getting a mycobacteria infection.
If an amphibian is stressed, injured or has a compromised immune system they can develop mycobacteriosis, a diseased caused by mycobacteria. The disease that usually presents as a skin infection can also be spread to people. If your pet has symptoms of mycobacteriosis be careful when handling them.
An amphibian with this disease may have a mucus coming from its nostrils, skin ulcers, gray bumps, and may have lost weight. If your amphibian friend has these symptoms you will have to contact a vet. When taking the infected pet to a vet, be very careful so you don't infect yourself with the bacteria. Use gloves or any precautions you need to, to get yourself safe and healthy.
Unfortunately, there really is no cure for mycobacteriosis. A vet will probably prescribe an antibiotic which can help treat any other infections your pet has.
The bacterial infection usually occurs when the amphibians consumes infected food or water and occasionally is inhaled in some causes. However, amphibians really only contract mycobacteriosis because their immunity was already compromised by something else. A healthy amphibian doesn't just get infected with this bacterial infection. Many illnesses can be treated though and mycobacteriosis can't be.
That is why prevention is so important. To prevent mycobacteriosis and other infections a pet owner can feed their amphibian a well-balanced diet and keep the pet's environment clean. It is also important to not overcrowd a tank. Living conditions need to be the right temperature and not stressful for a pet.
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