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brandonsander
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 02:02


This was also posted at one of the other online forums so if you replied over there or emailed me thank you very much.

Hey everyone,
I know I barely ever post and when I do I try to only answer those questions that I think I can answer. And now I've got a serious question needing a fast and hopefully accurate answer.

I have a WTF who is currently in quarantine and she began exhibiting strange behavior and a reluctance to eat. Well, I hadn't had a chance to get her fecal done right away, but today I dropped by the vets office and discovered she not only had roundworms but also a species of segmented tapeworm the vet was wholly unable to identify. His discription went along the lines of "scary looking".

Here's the problem (beyond the obvious), the vet will be able to treat the roundworm no problem but as far as the tapeworm goes he is at a loss. We both agreed to do some research and get in touch tomorrow. He is a knowledgable vet and has worked with herps in the past but states this is the first time he has come across this type of infestation in an amphibian (which he doesn't treat too often) He will be contacting some folks at the University of Minnesota, but has already stated that the prospects of anyone there knowing what to use and how to dose are slim. He has told me that he could treat the tapeworm effectively with the same type of dewormer used on dogs but that would obviously be too strong for the frog. Has anyone else out there treated any of their amphibians for a tapeworm infestation? If so, what was used, in what doseages, for what duration and what type of amphibian was it used for?

Please respond quickly if you have any ideas or suggestions. And please, even though I know it is well intentioned, no replies telling me to find another vet (it's not possible where I live and he does have some experience with herps) and no replies informing me how to avoid parasite infestations. At this point I'm simply looking for effective treatment (and yes, the frog is in quarantine and has not had the chance to infect the rest of my colony)...returning the frog to the seller is not a viable option.

Thank you very much,
Brandon
P.S. You may email me if it is easier

the_frog_guy @ hotmail.com

tpopovich
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 04:24 · Edited by: tpopovich


You can try posting on www.frognet.org it is a dart frog forum but probably has some of the most experienced froggers in the world. Most are long term 10+ years as well as a few vets and people who take care of zoo exhibits. Good luck and let us know how you make out.


TPopovich
Charlie
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 05:37


Now I am in no way trying to tell you to find another vet but here is the website for ARAV (Association of Reptile and Amphibian Vetrinarians):

Http://www.arav.org

You or your vet might be able to contact them for some information.

I hope this can help you in some way or another.


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brandonsander
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 07:11


Thank you both for replying so quickly. I am looking into both suggestions. It is appreciated.

Charlie
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2003 07:16


anytime.


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becki
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 17:38


Trying to keep this at the top - hoping someone will be able to help.
Becki

brandonsander
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 17:41


Thanks Becki, but I think I have everything figured out for now. Thanks for all the assistance everyone.

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