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Posted 19 November 2006 - 09:56 AM

Hi,

i have a red foot tortoise, the little fella is about 3" SCL and just doesn't seem to be right, i bought him from a pet shop and the guy said that he wasn't eating much only a little dog food(!) I know that thats not right to give to torts but the owner said red foots are fine on it. Anyway, ive got him home and he's in a tortoise table with a 60 watt heat lamp and some shade with shredded newspaper in. His carapace is lovely and smooth and hard, however, his plastron is soft and very flexible, he also doesn't seem to open his eyes much and is eating no greens at all, im bathing him twice daily which seems to wake him up a bit but only for an hour or so, then hes back to normal.

can anyone help?

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 12:26 PM

Hi Brandon
I'm mailing you privately to tell you where to go to get help
Arnie


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Posted 22 November 2006 - 01:27 PM

hi,

i still havent recieved any email, also, the little guy doesn't seem to open his eyes ,uch now either, any ideas?

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 03:00 PM

Hi, I really think you need to get him to the vet to be checked over. You need one which specialises in tortoises, theres a list at the top of this page to see if any are close to you if not someone may be able to suggest one.
I don't want to worry you but I think you should take a look at this:
http://forums.shelle...opic.php?t=1330
How long have you had the tort and do you know its country of origin?
Jo x


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Posted 22 November 2006 - 03:12 PM

hi,

im going to get him off to a vet asap, ive had him sbout 3weeks abd at first thought he was just 'settling in'. i can't seem to find the recommended vets page though, could you give me a link or something please? im in birmingham.

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 05:01 PM

Found this one:
THE '608' VETERINARY GROUP
139 WESTLEY ROAD
ACOCKS GREEN
BIRMINGHAM
B27

TEL: 0121 7061870

Heres the link:
http://www.hermann-t...co.uk/main.html

Jo x


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Posted 22 November 2006 - 09:32 PM

Or is this one nearer to you

Robin D. Bone Veterinary Group
608 Warwick Road
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 1AA

Tel: 0121 7053044

Arnie





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Posted 22 November 2006 - 11:48 PM

Hi it seems that us torty owners in the West Midlands have had problems finding a good tortoise specialist in and around Birmingham, here is a link to an excellent vet in Stoke, well worth the travel

http://forums.shelle...wtopic.php?t=74

vivienne


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Posted 23 November 2006 - 12:34 PM

I agree with whats been said a vet is needed I think. I will also add your setup isn't great. Newspaper is not good for any tort as a substrate in their tables. You need to get a substrate like repti bark or top soil as reds should be sprayed a couple of times a day to keep a little humidity. I suggest having a look at www.shelledwarriors.co.uk as their are a lot of red foot keepers and breeders their and lots of info on Reds.
Peter

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 01:34 PM

hi guys,

im sorry to report the little red foot has died, i managed to get him to a vets, i had to go to manchester in the end as they were the only ones who had an early appointment free. The vet said it was too late to do anything really and the tort didnt really have much of a chance as soon as he got in the country, he apparently had some sort of infection and it had gone too far. I have reported the pet shop where i got him as they still seem to have no clue of how to look after them. Im sorry i didn't explain my set up very well, i also have two russian torts so i have an idea of what they require, the shredded newspaper was just for the bedding area, i use substrate called aspen (the manufacturers name) for the base throught the area, its like a wood shaving type substance, my russians love burrowing into it though, (theyre kept outside, with access to a heated/insulated indoor shelter for the colder days/nights).

thanks for everybodys help.


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Posted 23 November 2006 - 02:03 PM

Really sorry to hear that. I'm afriad it is common with imports.
Was the red foot kept with the horsfields? Were the horsfields also from the shop? I suggest a trip to the vets for them also and to have their poo screened for worms.
Peter

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 02:15 PM

hi,

no, the horsefields never came into contact with the red foot, and ive had them a few years, they were from a local breeder. Funnily enough, i was just looking on the shelled warriors website concerning worming, a few of the suggest panacur paste, and doing it yourself, is that something anyone has tried?

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 06:10 PM

So sorry to hear about your little redfoot, the poor things dont stand a chance when imported, I lost my first torty a horsfield in exactly the same circumstances, but you will find the advice you get on the shelled warrior site is first class, however, if you didnt feel confident in administering the panacur paste, although in some cases it can be put on the torties favourite foods and they will eat it, you can always ask the vet/nurse to do it for you.

Vivienne




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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:13 AM

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 25-11-06 AT 11:13 AM (GMT)]Hello Brandon
So sorry about the little tort, I think I told you privately, I hoped it wasn't Septicaemia, but I would say now, it most probably was, they have very little chance once they get this.
It would be nothing you have done and he was obviously with someone who care's a great deal about tortoises welfare.
Arnie





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