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Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:30 AM

Horrible, horrible thing happened yesterday. Someone left a door open and one of my littlest tortoises was chewed up by my dog. She is at the vets in Andover where they are treating her for shock and if she makes it through the week, are hoping to do an operation to 'abrade' her shell where she has lost some scutes. Does anyone have any experience of such disasters? The operation will be very expensive, and I don't want to do it if she won't have a long and happy life afterwards. Really feeling pretty awful. Thanks.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 09:53 AM

im really sorry to hear that, i wish you all the best through this next week and hope the little one gets fixed up. x x

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 10:02 AM

QUOTE (markf @ Nov 22 2009, 09:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
im really sorry to hear that, i wish you all the best through this next week and hope the little one gets fixed up. x x

thinking of you and your tortoise hope all goes well sad.gif

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 10:16 AM

Hi Shelby,

Sorry to hear the news. Dogs chewing or attacking tortoises isn't uncommon:-(

Fingers crossed for you tortoise

TC
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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:20 PM

Hi honey, if she is at the vets I think she may be at then she really is in the best hands. Thinking of you at this time and sending lots of positive vibes to your little shelled one wub.gif

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:25 PM

I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope she pulls through.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 06:10 PM


Awwww no! That's terrible! Poor little tort. sad.gif
Everything crossed that she can make a full recovery, bless her. wub.gif
Pleeeease let us know how she is getting on.

Paula x

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:28 PM

Hi Shelby, I haven't had this happen but I do know that shell repairs can be done and very often these are sucessful and the tortoise goes on to live a good life.

When I visited Gonfaron in France they had a clininc there with tortoises that had been treated after being attacked by dogs and ran over by cars. Many animals make an excellent recovery though they may have permanent scars.

Best wishes to you and the wee tort

Jonathan

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:34 PM

QUOTE (Ozric @ Nov 22 2009, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Shelby, I haven't had this happen but I do know that shell repairs can be done and very often these are sucessful and the tortoise goes on to live a good life.

When I visited Gonfaron in France they had a clininc there with tortoises that had been treated after being attacked by dogs and ran over by cars. Many animals make an excellent recovery though they may have permanent scars.

Best wishes to you and the wee tort

Jonathan



That's right Jonathan. Unfortunately dog attacks are still as common as they have ever been sad.gif It's quite often the dogs that people think will never do this sort of thing. I've had many people mention when having a hatchling that they have dogs but they 'would never do this sort of thing'. After explaining it is not necessarily that they dislike the tortoise but see it as a chew toy, then show them some examples, many change theri minds about getting one. It's high on the list of things to ask people when they are interested in getting a tortoise.
Hope the little one makes it OK

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 12:32 AM

Thanks everyone, for your kind thoughts. Really not looking forward to calling Strathmore Vets tomorrow. I am guessing she has made it through the weekend, as they haven't called, she really is very badly damaged. She has lost four scutes from the front above her head, and the two below her neck are cracked and damaged, she is only two years old and very small. The guilt is pretty hard to deal with. Finding 500 for the op is going to be very difficult as I am out of work at the moment, and that her life could depend on whether I can find the money, is really awful. Can't get the whole thing off my mind, it's going to be another long night. I couldn't half use a miracle. Poor Egg.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 06:21 PM

I wish you loads of luck,hope all goes well,
Jay and H

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:23 PM



John Chitty at Strathmore Vets was the chap who operated on Hettie when she was soooo poorly, your little one really is in the best hands possible. wub.gif

Paula x

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 10:34 PM

Agree with Paula, John treated my tort - I would highly recommend him, and if there is something that can be done to help your little one then he's the chap to do it, keep us posted xxxx

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 05:18 PM

hows the little fella doing?? x x

so is this strathmore vet your local vet then aswell paula and dawn?? Or did you specifically travel to see this good vet?

Our boys arent redgistered with a vet yet, although i did visit the vet we have used in past, but they dont specialise in reptiles or tortoises.

Worried now hibernating that they may need a check over sometime.

So what happened to hettie?? and yours then Dawn?


(all the best again shelby, thinking of you.)


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Posted 27 November 2009 - 02:36 AM

Update on little 'Egg' the tortoise. A week on and she continues to battle. She has now started to eat on her own and the Vets seem quite pleased with her progress. She is still at the vets and will be having an operation to remove the damaged parts of her shell to prevent infection as soon as she is strong enough. Strathmore Vets are a good 50 minute drive from me, but I know little egg is in the best (If rather painfully expensive) hands. Thanks to all for your king wishes. Will update hopefully with pics when she gets home, as I have no idea what she looks like any more ;O)

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 10:03 PM

QUOTE (markf @ Nov 26 2009, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hows the little fella doing?? x x

so is this strathmore vet your local vet then aswell paula and dawn?? Or did you specifically travel to see this good vet?

Our boys arent redgistered with a vet yet, although i did visit the vet we have used in past, but they dont specialise in reptiles or tortoises.

Worried now hibernating that they may need a check over sometime.

So what happened to hettie?? and yours then Dawn?


(all the best again shelby, thinking of you.)


When I got Tally she wouldn't eat. Got her in the September, hibernated her in the december, when she woke in March still wouldn't eat so took her to local vet who refered her to John Chitty @ Strathmore, where she spent a week. COst me a good couple of hundred pounds, but she was in good hands. Had lots of calcium stones and normal stones (pebbles) in her tummy!!! When she came home she still wasn't eating much but looked healthier then after a few weeks she just suddenly started eating on her own accord! Strathmores is in Portsmouth - about 1.5 - 2 hrs drive away but at the time didn't have a local reptile vet. (Im in Sutton) but now my local Pets@home have a reptile vet who is quite good.


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Posted 27 November 2009 - 11:49 PM

Awww bless her, good to hear she is battling. smile.gif
Strathmore vets was 100+ miles away from me!!! She's no trouble. wub.gif

Paula x

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:21 PM

Just wondering if there was an update on this little torty. Or have i missed it somewhere?

Gail




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