He developed Dendrocare, a vitamin and mineral product specifically formulated as a poison dart frog nutritional supplement. He has also authored dart frog related books, dvd's, and cd's on various topics.
POISON DART FROG DISEASES
Before administering any medicine, you need to be sure that the frog is sick. Therefor you should keep a close eye on them, so you can intervene if necessary. If you are not sure about your diagnosis, don't hesitate and ask for help. Placing the animal in quarantine should keep any contagious diseases from spreading among the other animals.
One of the disorders found among the frogs is stress, caused by prolonged captivity
in a small area or a vivarium with to many frogs in it. Messy vivariums and too much exposure to humans can also cause stress.
Symptoms: animals won't eat and/or lay on their backs while twitching (often occurs with young animals). If you buy a new frog, place them in a small dish with some tepid water and a teaspoon of honey. Place the animal in quarantine after 30 minutes. After 30 days you can put the frog in the vivarium with the other frogs.
Doesn't eat, loses weight, is listless, has lumps or other irregularities on the skin.
Treat with BAYTRIL. Put 8 drops in 125ml tepid water. Put a lid on the dish and make sure the frog's head stays above the water. Duration: 15 min, each day for 6 days.
|Listless, often found in water or hiding, watery droppings.||Parasites in intestines|
Parasites are always present in the intestines, but they will cause problems when the animal is weak. Treat with vitamins and FLAGALEX. 1drop on 8 drops of tepid water, one drop on back of frog.
|Does eat, loses weight, listless.||Parasites in intestines|
Treat with PANACUR. 25mg/kg body weight. Dissolve and drop on frog's back for at least 10 days.
Be careful!!! Overdoses can be deadly for the frogs. Use the right dosage!!!
|Pink area surrounding anus, bulging rectum.||Infections in intestines|
Treat with Salazo salt. grind 1/8 tablet, sprinkle on food (flies).
|Acts spasmodic, is active but loses weight, dry skin.||Worms|
Treat with: LEVAJECT/LEVADERM/LEVAMISOL.
1 drop in 3 drops of tepid water, Drop water on frog's back, then put one drop on it's back.
Duration: 7 days.
Listless and doesn't eat.
Same as treatment for stress. Duration: 7 days.
|Flesh-colored spots on skins, toes or nose.||Wounds|
SULFANILAMIDEPOEDER (orgasepton) Apply to wound several times per day.
|Skinny front legs (young frogs).||spindly leg syndrome|
No treatment. Euthanasia is the only solution.
Caused by lack of vitamins (especially D3), starting with the parents.
|Fungus on skin.||Red leg Pseudomanas hydrophilla|
Use the water area of a quarantine vivarium and add 0,6% of salt. Make sure that the frogs gets in the water often.