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Posted 03 February 2007 - 06:56 PM

hi, for the past week my tort has been sleeping a lot and not been his usual self. His right eye is not opening as well as the left, it appears smaller in size and a little dry around the edges (i think that's why he's proberly sleeping because his eye may be irritable
). As i have already sent a message of concern previously, i have followed the advice of putting cod liver oil in, the last two days. He appears to like this (may be it is soothing for him), but i have noticed today a definite white spot in the corner of his eye. Could this be a sign of an infection? Does he need urgent medical attention? i am trying to find a good vets in my area that specialises in reptiles but i'm not having much look at the moment. Please any help would be appreciated as i'm really worried at the moment and i don't want him to be in any pain.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:21 PM

Hi Joanne,
I'm sorry to hear your tort is not any better, and I really think you should get him to a good tort vet soon. Where are you located? I'll try and find a good tort vet near you (and Arnie probably knows better than I do).



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Posted 04 February 2007 - 08:24 AM

thanks Nina,

After sending my last message i have found a reptile vets not far from me in Chorlton Manchester. I'm going to ring them today and see if they can fit me asap (i hope i don't have to wait too long). I have done a bit of research on the internet and it seems that Toby may have an eye infection (hence the white spot in the corner) and if left can develop into an ulcer, so i'm feeling really worried at the moment in case this does happen. The article i read said this may be due to low humidity in tortoises. i have Toby in a table top with a basking lamp of 40W. The hot end only rises to about 80-85 degrees, but with his heat mat can go to 90 degrees. However i rarely put his heat mat on due to the danger i've heard about them. I've lowered his lamp, but is there any other way i can make it hotter for him? should i buy a higher wattage bulb?

thanks Joanne

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 08:27 PM

Hope it works out ok when you go to the vet.

Please tell us if you find the vet ok.

We live in Oldham - if anyone knows of a good tort vet in the Oldham area it would be good to know for when we might need it.

Thanks

Judith

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:27 PM

Hi Joanne, we take our three tortoises to the Ashleigh Veterinary Centre, Upper Chorlton Road, which is not far from you. Is this the same vets that you use? I think we've dealt with Aidan and Molly, both of whom are very clued up when it comes to tortoises. Bit pricey, but worth it in the long term :)

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:16 PM

Hi George, this is the vets i took Toby to today. He has a viral infection poor little thing so i've been given some eye drops and he had an injection. They were very professional and seemed to know their stuff. I've got to take him back on Friday. It was a bit pricey like you said but i'm not bothered about the cost as long as Toby gets well soon.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:22 PM

Glad that you found the cause of the problem, Joanne, and keep us posted on his recovery.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:52 PM

Glad to hear you've found out the problem and hope he soon starts to feel better.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 04:32 PM

Yeah we had the same problem. Our torts developed Runny Nose Syndrome (R.N.S.) and we took them to Molly and Aidan at the Ashleigh, who also gave them an injection each and eyedrops (surely the most expensive eyedrops ever!) :) LOL

I hope everything will turn out fine Joanne. Our torts all improved after the injections and eyedrops, I think we also left the UV lamp on for an extra couple of hours per night, which did no harm.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 09:01 PM

Thanks George for your concern. I feel much better after receiving lots of support from everyone as i felt really disappointed in myself at first, as though i was to blame for Toby's illness. It's definitely made me realise how little and vulnerable he is and i'm going to be keeping a watchful eye from now on. I just want him to be his happy self once again.

Joanne

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 04:38 PM

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 06-02-07 AT 04:44 PM (GMT)]Hello Joanne
Sorry I don't get on as much as I used too, but you did well trying the cod liver oil, and even better still that with no improvement you took Toby to the vets, the home rememdies are good for minor problems but always do what you did if there is no improvement.
My vet prescribed Tiacil drops what did Toby get?
Arnie

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 08:55 PM

Thanks Arnie, Toby was given clioxan which i have to apply in the eyes and nose. The vet said that this was due to low humidity and so i've increased his basking lamp to a 60 watt bulb and lowered this, how far exactly should it be from the floor as i think i may have lowered it too much? how dangerous are heating mats? it's only that the vet has told me to get his temperature to 100 degrees. At present i can only get it to 90-95 degrees with his heating mat and and basking lamp on together. Have you any suggestions how i can ensure that his temperature is adequate as i don't want him to get poorly again in future? can you remind me again of the name of the uva light and heat light in one that you can buy and where i can get it from.

thanks for all your support Joanne

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:21 PM

Hello Joanne
Some vets are still not up on tortoise care, so in this case he is wrong, the temps should be about 90 degree's at the basking spot and 70 at the cool end, Hermann's don't like too much humidity, hence the reason to get them out of viv's, as they create humidity.
Tortoises should always warm up from above and if they sit on a heat mat they can burn their shell, I would sooner put a flat stone under the lamp to simulate what they would do in the wild, they prop them selves on their sides to get maximum heat, so a flat stone would warm them up from below too, you can put heat mats on the side of the table top, but in your case I don't think it's needed.
Thanks for the anti-biotic name, if it works well I keep it written down, then if I have that problem in the future I can say to the vet well I know someone that tried Clioxan with good results, so we want to know if it's good :-)

http://www.aquatics-...-heat-lamps.asp


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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:48 PM

Hi Arnie, i will let you know how the drops are. He is due back at the vets on Friday to check his condition. Thanks for the advice on the heat mat, i have switiched it off. It's good to know that the temperatures are ok for him as i have them, i don't even need the heat mat on now as the hot area is 90 degrees without this so i won't try to get it any higher. It's just that the vet seems to think that his condition is due to low humidity and wants me to up the temp. The basking lamp is about 11 inches from the ground, is this ok? it's just that it seems quite low, but is helping to maintain the high temp. He doesn't seem to be basking very much anyway, could this be due to his illness?




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