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New Hermanns Tortoise Owner - Advice Needed

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#21 Guest_KERRYPUDGE1_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 09:06 AM

Can you get your tortoise wormed at a normal vets?i dont live near a specialist vet(wouldnt want to stress him out with an hour journey unless really necessary)also would they be able to test his poo?
We bought our tortoise from Appleton exotics,must check on certificate where he was born.im sure its england,he was only born in 2004.

#22 Guest_george_hermann_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:44 AM

That's the same question I need answering :-)

George is four years old, and we recently acquired him from
a couple who have listed the previous owner as Appleton Exotics on the CITES certificate.

He seems in good health, bright eyed and active, so I hope
he continues that way. Like yourself, i'm now looking to get George checked out by a local vet and given a full service and MOT :-)
I don't think George'll be too impressed. He's made himself at home in his pen, don't particular want to expose him to these cold temperatures, even if it's only for an hour to a local vet.

Good luck anyway.

#23 Guest_Inca_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:16 AM

Hi guys,

You could try ringing around your local vets to see if they have any tortoise specialists?. I take mine about 20 mins further afield but it is an animal hospital rather than a vets so they are used to exotics.

Trudie x

#24 Guest_arnhib_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 01:35 PM

Hello Trudie and anyone else with dodgy tortoise past's.
Take a poo sample (which can be kept in the fridge hygenically ?? for a couple of days) take this to your vet to be analysed, this will show what sort of worm load if any your tortoise has, if it's not to bad the treatment can be left till the Spring, if the tortoise has an heavy load which could cause harm, them it won't be a wasted journey in the cold
Hope this helps you all, a tortoise can live with worms, it's when it becomes out of control it can endanger the tortoises life

#25 Guest_george_hermann_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:13 PM

Thanks for the good advice, must take George to the vets, certainly when i'm off work at the end of the month.

#26 Guest_KERRYPUDGE1_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:36 PM

I would still like to know if a normal vet will do this for you?

#27 Guest_p1glet_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:49 PM

Any vet can screen feaces for worms or worm eggs but not all vets are so clued up when it comes to administering wormer as its usually done via stomach tube

#28 Guest_blondesarah_*

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:35 PM

I had my tortoises tested for worms but I go to a vets in telford (i live near birmingham) so it is quite a way, so i posted a poo sample off in a clean small plastic container and then the vets rang me up once it was tested to let me know.

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