Herpes Causing Cancer in Amphibians
Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for this viral disease. Therefore, your veterinarian will usually suggest euthanasia for the amphibian, as to not allow the spread of the disease.
Living and Management
Since transmission of the disease is thought to occur when adults occupy breeding ponds, care should be taken during spring to avoid housing adults and juveniles in the same ponds. Follow proper management strategies, as outlined by your veterinarian.
Because Lucke’s tumor becomes apparent only in mature amphibians, it is nearly impossible to prevent the spread of the disease in breeding ponds. As soon as any adult is diagnosed with renal adenocarcinoma, it should be isolated to prevent further spread of the disease.
Inducing death on an animal or putting them to sleep
A term used to refer to an animal, usually a reptile, that starts out breathing with the help of gills and develops into an animal capable of breathing through lungs like a mammal.
The result of a malignant growth of the tissue of the epithelial gland.
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