Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The information I'm going to share with you here is from the first tadpole we received with it. He passed away before we moved to New York.
Eventually the tadpoles are going to become frogs that is the whole point of this product. I have found that while the planet frog habitat is fine when they are tadpoles... it is too small for the frogs when they get full grown. You are going to need something bigger. It's going to need land and water since leopard frogs are not fully aquatic frogs. You will also need to start feeding them live food such as crickets, wingless fruit flies, and wax or mealy worms. If you are not prepared to do this then a leopard frog is not the pet for you.
They will grow to be approximately 3 inches (7-8 cm). Their expected life span is approximately 5-8 years, perhaps longer. If you want to start owning frogs they are a great started pet.
The easiest way to create a suitable habitat for them is to take a 10 gallon tank with a locking lid and set up a divider with Plexiglas. Seal it with aquarium sealant.... do not use anything else as it may be toxic to the frogs which are extremely vulnerable to environmental toxins. Let it set for at least 24 hours before continuing. Then you add substrate on the land side such as a combination of soil and peat moss, covered with a commercial reptile bark substrate and sphagnum moss can be used on the terrestrial side. The depth should be at least 2-3 inches to allow burrowing.
On the water side you can add gravel and other decorations such as drift wood. It is extremely important to use smooth gravel only (to prevent skin abrasions and injuries), and ideally the gravel should be large enough not to be swallowed. You can also decorate your tank with plants live or aquarium fake plants to give the frog someplace to hide. Leopard frogs are not great climbers so they don't need vertical decorations. though you can add some for ascetics if you wish.
The water you use is extremely important. I'm actually using distilled water while they are tadpoles. When I move them over to the big tank I will be uses tap water treated with a dechlorinator that you can get at your local pet store.
They don't require special lighting which is one of the reasons they make excellent starter pets. Their lid should have good ventilation though and be secure against escape attempts.
These frogs are genetically programmed to hibernate, and will naturally slow down and may stop eating in the winter months (usually for about 3 months). If possible, the tank can be cooled to 37-39F (3-4C) for three months to mimic the natural environment of the frogs.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
No that ripoff site Living Aquatics didn't finally come through we ordered again through Uncle Milton....
No No not my Uncle Milton, I don't think I have one though I guess its possible my dad side of the family is hugh.
Uncle Milton is the company that made our little frog habitat and its who we received our first tadpole from. They were very quick when the e-mail came out saying they were shipping it, they arrived the next day. I tried to get a couple good pics here they are...
Now lets have a little fun. Lets Have a naming contest. The rules are simple... Post one or two good froggy names (no more then two) at the end of the month I'll let my kiddies pick from the list of names. That simple.
There will be two prizes. They will be pet specific... Not my pets but the winners pets. When kids have picked the names I will contact the winners to see what kind of pet(s) they have and will build the prize around them. I will post pics of the prizes before they are sent out.
Friday, April 10, 2009
This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM. I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something about it, but ... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours. The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220 ... He continued to vomit and the owners elected to Euthanize. This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern. Onions, chocolate, cocoa and macadamia nuts can be fatal, too. Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth passing on to them. Confirmation from Snopes about the above ...Click Here
Here is another website that has human foods that poison dogs Click Here