|# Posted: 9 Apr 2010 18:30
So recently I began to feed my frogs Mealworms instead of all the crickets I used to give,
Since then, their poop began to smell really bad [and strong], and it's gotten runny.
I've yet to try switching back to crickets to see if it keeps up, I'll be picking some up tomorrow.
Is this normal though?
|# Posted: 9 Apr 2010 19:43
Insects come with all sorts of parasites, and that's the fun with working with animals that will only eat insects. If the poop has had a drastic change, it would be best to take your frogs to the vets and have them checked out. Parasites can be quite deadly if they are allowed to have their way with your animals. I'm not a vet, and i"m not suggesting that this is the problem, but whenever this happens with my frogs, it's usually parasites.
White's tree frog: 2:0:0
Biewer yorkie 1:0:0
Crested gecko 2:1:0
Reed frog 1:1:0
|# Posted: 9 Apr 2010 20:23
I agree with the above. Even the stress of the diet change could have allowed the parasites (if any) to overtake the animals digestive system.
A variety of foods is the best option for any pet. One food source only severely limits nutrition.
|# Posted: 9 Apr 2010 20:36
I recently a Whites Tree Frog that had a really bad parasite problem (didn't know when i bought him). I brought him to the vet and was persribed 2 different drugs: Panacur (dog dewormer) and Flagyl. They were both perscribed in liquid form so i had to inject crickets with the drugs. His poop stayed runny for almost 2 months after treatment. I brought him back to the vet 2 more times to get his poop sampled. Both times they came back clean. I was still concered about it, so someone recomended "Bene Bac" for birds & reptiles. It is supposed to be safe for frogs too, its like a probiotic - (like the stuff in yogurt) and it helps kick-start the healthy bacteria in his gut.
It came in powder and paste form, so i bought both. The powder stuff you may have to wet the crickets for it to stay on, and the paste you just put a dollop on the cricket before feeding it to the frog.
I've read that sometimes the pet store feeders can become contaminated with parasites, so i am trying to breed all my own feeders. It cost me about $300 CDN to get him de-wormed because i had to get all the drugs perscribed and all the extra poop slides to make sure he was healthy. I also own a lot of frogs, so it is just more worth while for me to do that.
I highly reccomend bring him to a vet and having his poop checked.