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    Unhappy Pacman frog Help! - laying on back, breathing weird

    Dear all,

    I have a half a year of pacman, and today i found it laying on its back. I though it might have died, but I flipped it back and it was alive. Didn't really move around, so I put her in a lukewarm soak, where it moved a bit. I also cleaned its mouth( had some soil around it), but when checking for it being impacted, I didn't feel anything in the stomach. Eyes clear, everything looks normal to me. It ate a few days ago, crickets and pinkie, but doesn't really feel like eating now. To me, it mostly just looks very exhausted. It also breaths a bit weird, looks more like panting. Nose is clear. Humidity might have been a bit low, but I fixed that. Temperature 20-22C.

    I'll post some pictures!

    Please if you have any idea, please help me.

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    Default Re: Pacman frog Help! - laying on back, breathing weird

    Hello and welcome to FF! Sorry your Pacman is unwell . A frog flipping on it's back is not a good sign at all and my first recommendation is to take it to a Herp veterinary.

    You need to raise it's temperature to 28C and it's humidity should be 70-80%. Recommend moving frog to a hospital like enclosure with unprinted paper towel damp with dechlorinated tap water, a water dish with same type of water, and a silk plant to reduce stress. Please answer the below questions, specifically those about frog's diet and food supplements. Thank you and good luck !

    “Trouble in the Frog Enclosure”

    The following information will be very helpful if provided when requesting assistance with either your frog or enclosure. To help with your questions, please utilize the below list and post the information in the proper forum area to get advice from FF members that keep the same frog. This will allow for little confusion and a faster more informed response.

    1. Size of enclosure
    2. # of inhabitants - specifically other frogs and size differences
    3. Humidity
    4. Temperature
    5. Water - type - for both misting and soaking dish
    6. Materials used for substrate
    7. Enclosure set up i.e. plants (live or artificial), wood, bark and other materials.
    - How were things prepared prior to being put into the viv.
    8. Main food source
    9. Vitamins and calcium? (how often)
    10. Lighting
    11. What is being used to maintain the temperature of the enclosure
    12. When is the last time he/she ate
    13. Have you found poop lately
    14. A pic would be helpful including frog and enclosure (any including cell phone pic is fine)
    15. How old is the frog
    16. How long have you owned him/her
    17. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred
    18. Frog food- how often and if it is diverse, what other feeders are used as treats
    19. How often the frog is handled
    20. Is the enclosure kept in a high or low traffic area
    21. Describe enclosure maintenance (water changes, cleaning, etc)

    by Lynn(Flybyferns) and GrifTheGreat.
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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    Default Re: Pacman frog Help! - laying on back, breathing weird

    Answer Carlos's questions and raise the temp and humidity.

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    Default Re: Pacman frog Help! - laying on back, breathing weird

    maybe up their dose of vitamins. calcium +d3 is said to be the best. my frog has a calcium deficiency and he did that same thing once

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    Default Re: Pacman frog Help! - laying on back, breathing weird

    The lower jaw looks a little droopy. That could be a sign of calcium deficiency and metabolic bone disease (MBD). What are you using for supplementation and how often? As stated above, be sure to answer the questions in Carlos' post as that will give everyone here a better idea.

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