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#1 Sp4rky

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:16 PM

Unfortunately my tortoise has developed a Respitory infection, he had been sleeping a lot more and wasn't nearly as active as normal so I decided to take him to the vet. He has still been eating and pooing regularly but just not active. He's currently on antibiotics since Monday, the vet administered the first dose which was fine. Yesterday my sister(who is a vet nurse) tried but couldn't get his mouth open and neither could I. Didn't want to stres him so left it and tried it on a bit carrot which he gets maybe once a month and loves but he wouldn't eat it. Think he knew there was something on it. I managed to trick him into eating a drug free bit carrot and slipped the bit with antibiotics on it and he ate it. Now today I'm really struggling he isn't really eating at all and I can't for the life of me get his mouth open. I don't want to keep taking him to the vet every day to get them to do it as he'd be away from his light and I don't think it he would like the change every day. So I need some help how to get this into his mouth or what else I could use to get him to eat it?

He's coming up for 4 and is 121 grams on last weighing on monday. He has been sneezing slightly of late, but no bubbles in his nose or gasping for breath.

I really need some help if anyone has advice!

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

Hi There,

Sorry to hear your tortoise has a respiratory infection. Antibiotics are the right treatment for this problem but I wonder if they could be administered intravenously by needle rather than orally. This could be either done by your vet or you. My advise would be to consult further with your vet about this matter. It certainly would be a better solution then trying to force your torts mouth open. Finally, I would say that your tort will need great care if he is to overcome this respiratory infection. Such infections can often prove fatal to torts. Hopefully, there will be others along shortly to offer you more, helpful advice. For now I wish you the best of luck with your tortoise and I hope he makes a speedy recovery. Take care.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:02 PM

What species is he - some are more difficult than others to medicate? Did the vet show you how to open his mouth or just leave you to struggle on? As Freddy says, depending on the antibiotic given, IV is usually more successful than oral. Presumably the vet told you the need to keep temps up high 24/7 while on antibiotics, otherwise it will not work as tortoises are cold blooded. Good luck.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:20 AM

He's a hermann. It's baytril that he's been givin. I thought iv was bad for them? Yeah she showed me but I can't seem to get it open at all. I managed to inject it into a piece of strawberry yesterday and he reluctantly ate it. Yeah I've got night temps up, but is it temps in the room he's in or his actual lamp?

Now I'm worried as he has not eaten much in since Thursday morning and doesn't seem interested in his food. Wondering if that's maybe just the stress of trying to open his mouth and change of environment. He's on paper while he's on antibiotics.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

Baytril is very nasty tasting stuff, so he's not going to take it willingly. It's also very easily injected and works better this way, preferable in alternate front limbs, to prevent it going straight to the kidneys - is your vet a specialist? The temps that are surrounding him need to be a constant high temp, sufficient to keep his core temp above 26ish, which will not be possible by just keeping him in a warm room. HIs enclosure needs to be covered, such as a viv, for the duration of his treatment and temps must not drop overnight or this will stop the medication from working. Lamps need to be off overnight but replaced with a dull heat emitter or a mat placed on the side of the enclosure to keep temps up. There is no need to put on newspaper for his treatment and this might be upsetting him more than the abs. I would still use soil or coir for substrate to help him thermoregulate. Hope this helps.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the help. Pleased to say that Martin is now back to normal and has been for a fee weeks now. Took a while after the antibiotics for him to be normal but now he's back to climbing and running around everyday!!

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:13 PM

What great news  :)

I'm so glad to hear little Martin's recovered and back to his usual mischievous self!

Do keep us posted on his progress.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:24 PM

Yeah we were worried for a bit after he finished his antibiotics and wasn't getting back to normal, but the vet did say that it might take a while. Couple of pictures of him last week

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 06:30 PM

Brilliant news, it does seem that torts do take a good while to get back to normal......someone once said that it is all relative as it takes so long for an illness to show itself. Well done you for the care you have taken to get Martin back to health x x x hugs x x

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:41 PM

Thanks, it wasn't easy especially seeing him looking so glum and not doing very much! Now it's back to keeping an eye on him climbing and usual mischief!

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:00 PM

Great to hear Martin has recovered and is back to normal. Thanks for keeping us updated. :)

Best of luck with him.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:47 AM

Hi, that's great, it's good to hear he's doing ok. :)






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