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#21 stevemel

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

Got a appiontment next week to see vets, also got some medician to give her but she wont open her mouth to take it any ideas, im using a small syringe but no joy? Sorry for spelling, at work with no spell check,

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

hi steve what medicine have you got for her? :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:16 PM

Zolcal-d

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:24 AM

hi steve ive never used this myself, but read its good hopefully ozric will be on soon who will be able to help you more with giving this by syring and the correct dosage :) could you not get her into the vets any sooner :)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:22 AM

We all have our fingers crossed for your poorly little one. I am no chellonia expert at all, so this is just my opinion, It probably is a good idea to try to get her to take the calcium, but if it's stressing her, then perhaps you had better not push the issue and see what the vet advises.

As midredsmam said, wait & see what Oxric says. When is her appointment?

I do know that torts take a while to settle in to a new home and trust their owners, this one will probably take longer as she is ill and hasn't been looked after well in the past.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:11 PM

Well thanks for that. Thursday next week is the earliest i could get. Whats the best way to open her mouth to feed her, the medician

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

As I said in my post above, I would not risk stressing her further and wait for the vet's advice, I have no idea anyway, perhaps another forum member may think differently.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:51 PM

Hello Steve and Mel, I agree with all that has been said and to summarise.... Torts do not like change which causes them stress so if already poorly the stress will make things worse. Everyone has given great supportive advice. Personally I would try to see a good reptile vet as soon as possible.. Keep the heat up and handle her as little as possible. Bathing daily will help as will feeding cucumber to keep her hydrated... And as Jeanette suggested pellets combined with weeds.... I would chop the weeds up finely to get them in her mouth easily. You have to be congratulated for taking in Doris... It sounds like she is in the best hands. X x x hugs xxx

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:14 PM

Great news guys doris walked a little today outside and also took a bite of a buttercup, there is marked improvment, she is getting there, plus made me very happy to see her eat, thanks guys for everything, will update soon

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:20 PM

That sounds great news, trust a poorly tort hardly eating anything, to try something that is not good for it :rolleyes: It makes you wonder how any of them actually survive in the wild. :lol:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:03 PM

i had the vet who said buttercups where ok for her

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:14 PM

No Steve... Not buttercups.. Though once before I knew better, I was so pleased one of mine had eaten a buttercup flower... I wonder if it is the colour.... Try dandilion flower.. Or pansy flowers... Or even mimulus flowers. It is good Doris is eating and a very positive move x x hugs x

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:16 PM

But then who can argue with the wrong diet choice..... When we are ill.... What do we fancy.... Stuff we would never normally eat x x hugs x.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:17 PM

http://www.thetortoi...19.asp?catID=71

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:49 PM

Ok thanks just seen the link!!! Eek, lucky for
Her it was a half of a petal so she should be fine, dandilions dont seen to tickle her intrests, where cN i get mimulus flowers from and what r they? Also someone said rose petals, is that true?

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:54 PM

hi steve thats good news shes tried to eat, rose petals are ok,just take one day at a time with her :)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:56 PM

had the vet who said buttercups where ok for her


I am getting confused now,I thought that you had not consulted a vet and were seeing one on Thursday. Some chap who calls himself a reptile 'specialist' (a tortoise is not a reptile) and tells you to keep a tortoise in vivarium , is not a vet.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:12 PM

OK i was at vets without her as i just dropped in on the off chance to chat and a vet bloke said he will see her on Thursday but mean while use zolcal d and gave me a list of editable planst and flowers, and buttercup was on there, sorry for the misunderstanding Chrissie my updates are brief because i am using a iPhone most of the time and its hard to write a full overview of everything.
as for the reptile specialist i saw, my wife took her too reptile world where the gent claimed to know all there is too know about torts and sold us everything he possibly could so prob my fault for going into this blind but i really am new to this and am trying to get her the best care i can with in our price range, i dont have 100s of pounds to spend on her but i will do everything i can too save her and give her a very good life, as i said before she has become the third member of our family and we really do love her,
my wife is buying some roses tomorrow to try to temp her, would fruit be ok as a tempting treat, ie strawberry, apple pear,

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:26 PM

hi steve and mel i know you are trying to do your best for this tortoise,dont buy roses from a shop you dont know what they,ve been sprayed with to keep them alive longer try to pick fresh weeds and flowers :)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:29 PM

ok thanks, seems like im constantly making mistakes with her, posted pics




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