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Bettie is poorly- PLEASE HELP

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#1 Guest_Betties_mummy_*

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:12 PM

my fiance and I have had our Hermann tortoise Bettie for a few months now and have never had any problems with her. She has everything she needs; heat light, UV light, tort table etc.
We have fed her the right diet and everything plus she gets regular exercise- running around my living room mainly!
However, when I went to see her today, I picked her up and noticed her nose was running and when she opened her mouth she made a strange sound (perhaps a cough??)
Anyway, I'm really worried about her. The only thing that we do that I haven't read about is give a 1/4 of a small grape- but only once every 2 weeks as a treat as she adores them!
What do we do?
Has she just got a cold or do I need to take her to the vets????
Please help!

#2 Guest_l1277702_*

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:20 PM


Please try not to worry too much. It sounds like Bettie has runny nose syndrome (RNS). You should make an appointment at your nearest specialist tortoise vet, if you let us know where abouts you live then I think someone will be able to recommend one. He/she'll probably just prescribe Baytril, although someone else may be able to give you more info on this as I have no experience with it.

Don't panic - I'm sure it wasn't caused by 1/4 of a grape once a fortnight! ;-)

Beth x

#3 Guest_Betties_mummy_*

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:37 PM

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 15-03-07 AT 03:38 PM (GMT)]Thanx for your help Beth :(
I have spoken to the vet I use for my other animals and she said that she will take a look at her- as they also deal with reptiles.
She also said that if she cannnot help, she will refer Bettie to a specialist.
Thanx- you have calmed my nerves!

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 05:08 PM

I had the same problem with my three Hermanns last year. Our youngest (Herbie, 1) began blowing bubbles from his nose and was constantly sneezing. As a precaution, we took all our three tortoises to a reptile vet (Ashleigh Medical Centre, Chorlton, Manchester - worthy of a plug) and they were all administered with doses of antibiotics via injection. Within a couple of weeks, the problem had cleared up, but it's absolutely right to be concerned. Tortoises don't 'get over' colds like we do, and without the correct treatment, it could develop into tortoise pneumonia, which is a far serious illness. You've done the right thing, good luck.

#5 Guest_Betties_mummy_*

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:51 PM

Thanx so much for your help!
She was blowing bubbles from her nose earlier and she went to bed really early tonight- she usually stays up late!
The earliest I can get her in at the vets is Saturday, so I'm going to book her an appointment tomorrow.
Is there anything I can do in the mean time to make her feel a bit better??? I tried stroking under her chin (usually she loves this) but today she pushed my finger away and walked off.
I will hopefully be posting my first set of photos of a healthier Bettie soon!
Thanx again. :(

#6 Guest_lepinsky_*

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:37 PM

I'm sorry to hear that Bettie is ill, and it does sound like RNS, so George is absolutely right to say that you must get her to a tortoise vet. Between now and Saturday, keep the heat up in her table-top (don't let it drop as low as you normally would at night - do you have a ceramic heat emitter?), and give her nice baths in really warm water to keep her hydrated.

Fingers crossed that she makes a quick recovery, and do let us know how she gets on.


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Posted 17 March 2007 - 11:29 PM

Do let us know how she got on at the vet


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