As amphibian medicine continues to advance, so has our understanding of what constitutes proper captive husbandry. practices. Both hobbyists and conservationists place tremendous value in the lives of their frogs and both will often (if not always) look for answers when death or illness present in their collections. Since many amphibian illnesses cannot be detected by the naked eye, in these cases we must rely on a pathologist to help us find out the answers.
This week I am honored to be joined by Dr. Robert "Oz" Ossiboff. Oz has the unique distinction of being one of the few veterinary pathologists who specializes in amphibians here in the US, and in this episode we discuss how pathology and parasitology are essential parts of proper husbandry protocols. We talk about how and why necropsies and fecal exams are performed, how parasites and diseases can be detected and diagnosed under a microscope, and we discuss some real life case studies. Oz is also an accomplished dart frog hobbyist, and we discuss his approach to keeping from a vet's perspective.
To learn more please visit: https://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/profile/ossiboff-robert/
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