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sick tortoise - eye infection

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#1 Guest_cueboy_*

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:41 PM

My tortoise is not doing very well lately, her eyes(sclera, the white part covering the eye) are red, and she keeps rubbing it with her forearms.

I've given her Baytril for 10 days, and the redness is somewhat better, but she is still not active.

I'm wondering if anyone had similar eye problems and what were the treatments.

Thank you in advance.

#2 Guest_tortgal_*

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:32 AM

Hi there ive had this problem many a time and have to say the biggest culprit is sand/soil substrates so please remember to keep the substrate damp with a squirt of water! This will remove the dust.

Also make sure she is completely dry after baths - mine likes drying off under his lamp but the sand will stick everywhere and she will just keep making her eyes worse by rubbing them with sandy arms.

Many tort specialists suggest a drop of codliver oil gently applied to the eye. I favour this over Baytril, gentamycin etc. because many medications for eye infections expire quickly and are not always suitable for torts.

if her eyes dont clear up after using these drops for another couple of days please ask your vet about MAXATROL. Your vet will give you advice on whether you can start using the maxatrol straight away but this - along with cod liver oil has always been the most effective. Especially for younger torts.

Most importantly dont worry if she seems a bit under the weather. Her eye is probably irritating her a little.

#3 Guest_cueboy_*

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:42 PM

Thanks for the advice.

My tortoise loves to dry off under the light after bath. the humidity is at 30%-40%. What's the optimal humidity for this season?

I'm using a dry towel at the moment for the substrate, but I'm intending to switch to Aspen shavings(it's a similar material to the Aubiose), this is the only material I can find in Canada that close enough to Aubiose.

I'll try codliver oil, I can get this from any drugmart, right?


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Posted 09 May 2007 - 03:21 AM

What type of enclosure is she in? With a herman tort humidity really shouldnt be an issue?--->> as far as im aware?

a dry towel is good as a temporary solution and will avoid substrate irritating the eye but your right to change the substrate as torts love to dig and this isnt suitable for such activity. Aubiose is an excellent choice - dust free and helps torts maintain body temperatures. However i would suggest a mix of substrate. Play sand/Top soil (without fertilizer and debris) may be worth considering in addition to the aspen as this simulates what they would live on in the wild.

codliver oil capsules are available in almost every pharmacy (drugmart or whatever :7 )

let me know how you get on

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 02:59 PM

My hermann is getting better, it's more active and coming out to eat. I'll keep the towel substrate for another week, and change it to Aspen after.

The enclosure is a 120 X 30 storage container, I have two of these for my two hermanns and they seem to like it.

I'm planning to build a larger enclosure, maybe combine the two containers into a bigger one, but my only concern is they are of different sex, and the female may be harrassed by the male too much.

Thank you for helping me with the eye infection.

#6 Guest_lepinsky_*

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 04:05 PM

I'm so glad your hermann seems to be improving - it must be a great relief. Just keep an eye on the two, and provide lots of little hiding places for the female to get away from the male - they might be fine together(but you might also have to separate them if he gets consistently aggressive).


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