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#1 crusty

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 11:09 AM

I think Tank has a cold (for want of a better description) his nose has a dew drop sometimes and he does what looks like sneezing,

I was going to start his wind down today but it looks like a trip to the vet instead.

 

I live in Whitstable Kent and the vet we use for our cats is Animed, I've no idea if they are any good with Tortoises.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 12:55 PM

Tortoises don’t get colds as such, but if he has signs of respiratory problems then definitely don’t hibernate. You need to get him to a qualified exotics Vet for a diagnosis, as a run of the mill small animal vet will likely just give meds on a just in case basis. Is he still eating ok? Could be something as simple as an irritation, but it really needs to be checked to be sure.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

Yes still eating fine and stomping around his table.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:54 PM

It’s more than likely something in a nare, but I wouldn’t hibernate either way. Do you by any chance have a humidifier, to mist the enclosure? This can sometimes help dislodge anything stuck in there. How big is he?

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 03:39 PM

He's 5 years old weighs 158g and has a length of 95mm which gives him a ratio of 0.184 so he's on the light side but still just within the specs.

 

I have an appointment with Trinity vets in Maidstone on the 11th so we'll see what the vet says and go from there.



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:12 PM

I wouldn’t take too much notice of the ratio, as it was formulated using wild tortoises. Given that captive grown ones often have different shell structures, this means the ratio isn’t a lot of use. You should get good service from trinity vets. Just make sure they do tests before offering treatments.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:21 PM

He's got runny nose syndrome, he had one antibiotic injection on Saturday and is due to have another this coming Thursday, also nose drops twice a day. 



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:28 PM

Did the vet say which bugs were responsible? RNS is just a symptom, hopefully the vet did swabs first before treating and it’s just in the nares and not the lungs. Is he still eating ok?

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:52 PM

No swabs taken, they said they prefer to use a multispectral antibiotic to start with then do the swabs after a couple of weeks if he hasn't improved.

 

He's not eating much but he didn't this time last year either as he wants to hibernate which won't be happening now.






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