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#1 Piddy123

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

Hi,

I have just noticed Trevor has a red mark at the top of his left back leg. It is on the fold of skin just below his shell.

I have attached a picture.

Any ideas what it might be?

Thanks

Chris

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:37 PM

Hi Chris,
I'm not too sure what happened but we can't see the picture of Trevor. Tortoises do sometimes get scrapes and scratches from sharp edges or objects. Sometimes if tortoises are kept together they can also inflict small wounds on each other through biting. If it is a small raw wound I would just clean the area with soft cotton wool and warm water. This is the safest way to ensure that the wound remains clean and that no infection develops. I would also keep a close eye on the swelling. Hopefully it will heal and finally clear up in a week or two. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:49 PM

Hi Freddy,

Sorry I am having trouble uploading a photo onto the forum. Please can you advise on how to do this? My photo is currently saved on my desktop.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

When replying , go into "More Reply Options" (next to the "Post" button) and you'll see where you can add an attachment to your post. x

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Kelly :)

Hope this now works.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:00 PM

This should be it now, forgot to add attach lol

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:07 PM

Hi again Chris,
The pic is a bit small so its hard to tell but from what I can make out it is a fair swelling. I would just keep the area clean using soft cotton wool and warm water. Tortoises have special skin so I would advise against using any disinfectants or creams as these may cause further problems. If the swelling has not gone down within the next few days it would be advisable to see a vet as there could be an infection.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for your replies Freddy, it is much appreciated.

I will continue to bathe him and monitor him closely these next few days. He appears to be walking ok on it and is eating normally.

If I can figure out how to get a larger picture on here, I will add another.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:12 AM

Try uploading your picture to photobucket..... then copy and paste the IMG code into your post. x

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

Hi,

Trevor's swelling hasn't gone down so we took him to a specialist vet today. The vet says he has an infection caused by his micro chip. We are taking him back on Tuesday for them to operate on him and remove the chip. He will then be given antibiotics.

Has anybody ever had the same problem?

Am really worried about him.

The funny thing is he took a dislike to being examined and urinated onto the vets apron. Spot on aim.

Chris

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

Hi Chris,
Sorry to hear this. :( Foreign bodies like micro chips can indeed cause infections. You did the right thing taking Trevor to the vet. Hopefully his operation goes well and he makes a full recovery. Please keep in touch and let us know how he gets on. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Take care.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hope Trevor is back at full health. :-)

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