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#1 Piddy123

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 12:43 PM

Hi,

 

We have had Minnie and Marlene for about 3 months now. A few weeks ago we noticed that they were making a slight clicking noise when breathing. We took them straight to a reptile vet who advised us to nebulise them twice a day for two weeks with an F10 solution. After trying this, they are still making the noise. Everything else seems fine with them, they are eating, drinking and passing stools fine. Their noses are clear and their eyes are bright. They are also really active, busy exploring their table. We have been leaving them in their outside enclosure this last week during the day whilst the weather has been good.

 

The vet thought it might be a respiratory infection or a stress reaction to them moving home.

 

Has anybody else experienced anything similar? We are keeping handling to a minimum as to try to avoid stress.

 

Any ideas on what we should do next? Does it take a while for torts to recover from health problems? They certainly haven't got any worse since we noticed the clicking.

 

 

Chris

 

 



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:00 PM

Hi Chris,
We have had a number of people on the forum whose tortoises make the same clicking noises. It may or may not disappear. There is no need to worry as long as nose and eyes are clear and there is no respiratory infection. Hope this helps.
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

Thanks Freddy that has put my mind at ease. I thought it was stressing them out more using the nebuliser so was reluctant to keep using it.

Chris

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:22 PM

Two of my torts used to 'whistle' when they breathed but since they were moved to a permanent home outside it appears to have gone x x x x hugs x x

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

Wizza has always whistled when indoors, it's like us when we have a bit of hayfever etc, nothing to worry about so long as eating normally etc.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the replies.

 

I will try and get them out in the garden as much as possible this summer. As they are only tiny, (hatched in December 2010), what would you say the outdoor temperature should be to leave them outside in the day? We do not have outdoor heating for them at the moment. They do have a hide and the topsoil is plenty deep enough for them to dig down into.

 

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:05 AM

It's not to do with temps but the amount of sun - even on a cold day, a tortoise in the sun will be warm to the touch. You do need to get background heat out there really but if none available and the weather is wet, bring them in overnight - not idea, but better than nothing.




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