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    Miss Mandayt

    Default Wild Cuban Tree frog possibly in misery?

    Hi guys! I live in Florida, and have about five Cuban tree frogs living in my backyard. I enjoy watching these guys! But my dog found one this morning laying in the grass, just... sitting there. The dog didn't attack the frog, was simply barking at it. But usually the bigger ones are fast to jump, and this one wasn't. Closer inspection saw that the frog's sides are very puffed out, and feel almost full of air if you touch them. His front legs are sort of curled in, and he uses them to almost paw at himself like a cat... but doesn't seem to be able to do much else with them. I was worried he might have been bitten by something poisonous and could be suffering, but my dad didn't want to put him out of his misery unless he was sure something was seriously wrong with him. But the frog has been sitting in the same spot all day with no change. I want to make sure I'm not needlessly ending the frog's life, though. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks in advance!

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    I don't have any personal experience with this, but from what I've read from others on here, it sounds like some form of bloat.
    You could try taking the frog inside and placing it in a secure container with plenty of ventilation and lining the floor (and maybe the walls) with moist paper towels. Make sure you use dechlorinated water using drops that are used in fish tanks. Either that or spring water.
    I'm not 100% sure what's wrong with the frog so I can't suggest a soaking solution, so for now just try soaking her for about 15 minutes in some warm dechlorinated water. If anything it should help her feel better.

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    Common soaking solutions recommend here are pedialyte soaks and honey soaks.
    Pedialyte soaks are made using 1 part unflavored pedialyte to 10 parts warm dechlorinated water.
    Honey soaks are made up of warm dechlorinated water mixed with 3 drops raw honey, followed by a soak in plain warm dechlorinated water to remove any honey left on the skin.

    Pedialyte replaced lost nutrients and electrolytes in the frog, which will give it more energy and encourage feeding.
    Honey soaks can act as an antibacterial and a laxative.

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    It's very kind of you to try to figure this out.
    It is difficult to tell what could be wrong without a much closer inspection.
    You might put it into a wide very shallow saucer of "clean" rainwater. ie like a plastic dinner plate.
    I don't know if it would say? , it might get really spooked .
    Sometimes a soak can help and at the very least will help it from becoming more dehydrated.
    If it is feeble, you could move it to a more protected area, away from the exposure to additional predators.
    It's sad sorry

    Be sure to handle it with damp hands / 'cup' it when you move it/ keep your hands close to the ground to prevent it from falling or leaping.
    Be sure to wash your hand really well with soap if you handle it.

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