Do Frogs Need To See The Vet?

Most people are well aware that conventional pets like cats, dogs, and rabbits need to see the vet. But what if you have a pet frog? Should your amphibious friend see the veterinarian, too? The answer is "yes." Continue reading to learn how to find a vet who will treat your frog, along with the signs that your frog needs to see the veterinarian.

How do you find a vet who treats frogs?

Not every vet clinic treats frogs. Most vet clinics that do offer treatment to frogs will advertise themselves as specializing in exotic pets. Your frog may not be an exotic frog, but all frogs are considered exotics as far as vet care goes. Their anatomy and physiology are quite different from that of cats, dogs, and other mammals, so they need to see a vet who has spent time specifically learning how to diagnose the treat them.

If you Google "exotic vet" along with your city name, you should be able to find an exotic vet clinic or animal hospital near you. If you do not have any luck with this method, call up a few local vet clinics who don't treat frogs, and ask if they can recommend anyone who does. Veterinarians tend to exist in a rather close-knit community, so if someone in your area treats frogs, most vets will know about it and will be happy to pass you (and your frog) on to that professional.

When do frogs need to see the vet?

When your frog's behavior changes in any significant way, it is often due to discomfort or illness, and it's therefore a good idea to take them to the vet. That being said, there are a few key behavioral changes that often occur in sick frogs.

  • Reduced reaction to touch: If your frog does not jump away when you pet or touch them, this is a sign something is wrong.
  • Changes in color: If their skin starts looking dull or changes color completely, they may have anything from a bacterial infection to a nutrient deficiency.
  • Blisters or cuts: It is not common for frogs to injure themselves, so these are often caused by bacteria or infection.

 A frog's health can go south quickly, so make sure you call the vet sooner rather than later if you know something is amiss. Not all vet clinics treat frogs, but they should be able to point you towards a vet who does.