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Posted by herpDVM on April 01, 2003 at 16:11:31:
In Reply to: Re: tree frog with worms posted by ginger305 on March 19, 2003 at 21:30:34:
:::This is my first posting so hope I do it right. I have a pacific tree frog with what i believe are some form of tape worm. He/she has had them for a long time with no noticable side affects but I want to get rid of them. I first noticed them when he started coughing them up, which happens periodicaly. They are very long and thread like and clear. Does any one have a good suggestion on an over the counter cure?
::I'm not an amphibian expert, but generally tapeworms are treated with praziquantal for reptiles which can usually be obtained at feed & supply stores. Dosage has to be extremely accurate with amphibians due to sensitivity. Due to the large burden of these parasites, "'coughing-up worms'", I would highly suggest to have a vet that is familiar with amphibians check-out the problem; otherwise, the dead remains that are expelled orally or intestinally, can be fatal. It will probably take longer than usual to rid this high quantity of parasites.
Sounds like Nematodes to me, "tapeworms" generally reside in the large intestine/colon and are not routinely "coughed up". Tapes are also usually "flat=like tape", hence the name. Bets bet is powdered Panacur (fenbendazole), I've usedit ws a "shake and bake with crickets" 1-2 cricketr coated would be plenty, repeat in 2 weeks. FYI fenbendazole has a very wide safety margin due to it's poor adsorption (hence it stays in the GI tract, studies with mammals indicate 100X dose usually isn't harmful = very safe). It's RX product check with your vet - they use it with dogs especially.