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#1 gregorious77


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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:09 PM

Took the torts to the vet as 2 had a wet nose and were kind of trying to blow their noses and squeaking. Vet said minor respiratory infection and prescribed a 2 week course of antibiotics (pain trying to give those).

While I was there I discussed our setup and he was very happy with our husbandry. I also asked about hibernation and was told that in the wild they have to hibernate from birth but in captivity we dont need to take the risk so leave it until they are around 4 before hibernating. This is to let them build up some body fat.

I was going to try this year but having heard this I will just wait until next year and do Fred only as he will be 4.


On the meds side any tips for the smaller tort. Fred is not too bad at 3 as I can get a good grip behind his head and hold his mouth open while I put the syringe in but Betty is smaller meaning it is way harder to get my fingers behind her head to stop her retreating into her shell. The wife is helping by holding the front legs back.



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 11:42 PM

Vets are usually brilliant at giving the correct meds when you need them but not always so clued up on husbandry, which is the way forward to prevent a repeat visit. I'm guessing your torts are Hermanns, which are pretty low risk for runs type infections, so if you have more than one which is suffering I would be looking at possible husbandry problems. It's extremely rare to lose babies to hibernation in the wild, it's what they evolved to do. Mine hibernate from their first year to give them a good steady growth pattern in life. Building up body fat us a really bad idea, it's muscle they need, not fat, this is a very outdated idea. I'm wondering why your vet is prescribing oral meds, unless he is just guessing at the problem. Respiratory problems are best treated subcutaneously. Have you had a look at vets lists to see if there is a recommended one in your area?

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:30 PM

From advice from here I have changed substrate from tortoiselife to coir and keep it moist. I did remove a half log which had developed some mould maybe this was a problem? Torts are Hermanns.
Vet is an exotics specialist and tortoise owner. I think he chose oral to make it easier to give? He mentioned it being easy. If its not cleared up in 2 weeks we have to go back.

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