Symptoms of Red Leg Syndrome

Let's talk about symptoms of red leg syndrome in amphibians. Red Leg syndrome is called that for a reason and redness on a pet's leg may not seem like a serious problem, but it can be. This article will discuss what red leg syndrome is, it's symptoms and how it can be treated.

Red leg syndrome is an infection that is seen in amphibians. It is actually a widespread problem in salamanders, frogs, and toads. If a amphibian has this syndrome the underside of their legs and abdomen's become red. The redness is not a rash it is actually underneath the skin. It is the expanding or stretching of the amphibian's capillaries.

Red legs aren't the only symptom of red leg syndrome. Amphibians with this disorder may also be lethargic, experience extreme weight loss, become anemic, and have open sores on their skin including nose and toes. These sores don't heal if the animal has red leg syndrome. This syndrome can become quite serious. Some amphibians begin bleeding from their tongue or the protective eyelid under their eyes.

Red leg syndrome is typically caused by the Aeromonas hydrophila which is a bacteria typically found in warm, freshwater environments. Amphibians can be introduced to this bacteria through contaminated water or food. It can also be airborne. A amphibian that is infected with Aeromonas hydrophila and has red leg syndrome can be treated with antibiotics. Contact a veterinarian for a antibiotics prescription.

Preventing re leg syndrome can be done by maintaining a clean environment for your amphibian. If you have a pet frog or other amphibian in a tank, make sure you thoroughly clean the tank to kill and remove harmful bacteria. It is also important to keep water especially clean. Dirty water can be full of illness-causing bacteria. Also, make sure your amphibian is getting enough food and that the food provides a well-balanced diet.

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