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#1 Loola

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 04:50 PM

Hi

I've recently acquired a baby spur thigh I reckon about 18 months old (hector).

His previous owner had him in a Viv and think he came from a pet shop (surprise aye)

Do you think it's worth taking him to a vet for a check up and/or sending off the the worms test everyone recommends on here?

He's eating well is very confident little tortoise who is very active. His stools are how they should be from research I've done and passes urates a couple of times a week.

Thanks, Laura

#2 Geordie Mark

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:11 PM

It's always worth an initial checkup in my own opinion like worming too..

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:26 AM

hi laura

there's no need to take him for a check up if he's ok eating, bright eyes clear nose etc.

but you could get him tested for worms a lot are using these at the min   http://www.wormcount.com/  i've read there very good. :)  



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:10 AM

I'd definitely recommend getting the worm test done via wormcount, particularly if he came from a pet shop originally. :)



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:31 AM

I never recommend routine vet checks. Unless specialist tests are done, there is nothing that a vet can tell you that you cannot find here. Indeed vets surgeries are places where you are more likely to pick up an infection if he is already clear. If conditions are right, your tortoise is eating well, is hydrated and lively, there is not a lot to go wrong ;) Obviously if it is showing signs of being sick, then a vets trip is a must ;)

#6 Loola

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 04:43 PM

Thanks for all the advice everyone. He certainly seems tip top been marching and digging around the garden all day eating well. Will get the worms test done though and save my money for when a vet is needed! Also when it comes to claws, how long is too long? Would it be best if a displayed a pic?

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:11 PM

A picture would work for us if you are concerned about the length of your torts claws.... A nice mixed substrate of pebble and climbing logs and stones are good for keeping claws a nice length.... Also helps to keep beaks nice and trim if they are fed on them... X x x hugs x

#8 Loola

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:30 PM

I have got stones and slate in indoor enclosure and outside he has access to loads of stones and concrete so I hope this will keep him in check, just unsure on where they should be, I will get a pic on tomorrow and let you guys advise me. Thank you




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