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#1 StGeorge1984

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 05:42 PM

Have spent a few days looking at the posts on here and the biggest thing that stands out on any health issue seems to be the lack of knowledge of the vets people have visited. I would like to take my two to the vets for a health check and to get them registered but was wondering if anyone knows a reliable tort vet in Essex and preferably near colchester. I can make it easily to south Suffolk if there is any there.

Many thanks for all of your help so far I truly appreciate it and I can already see how happy the my torts are since they have been with me and out of mums vivarium.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:05 PM

I always tell people taking my babies, that if a tortoise is kept under correct conditions, they should never need a vet. I have 17 tortoises and rarely see the vet unless there is a problem with a rehomer or very occasionally an egg laying female. Annual check ups are nothing more than a money making racket for the vets, as there is nothing they can tell you by just looking at it, that you cannot do for yourself, plus the stress of taking them there and exposing them to foreign pathogens can bring out an illness that was not there before. Obviously it is always useful to know where your nearest specialist is and do choose one that you see other experienced keepers recommending. Keep a check of the number in case you need them, but other than that I would steer clear.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:09 PM

Thank you sue x

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

No problem, hate to see people being ripped off. Some vets will grab you and take your money with a smile, while others (few and far between) will say, 'why would you want to do that, there's not a lot wrong?' I'm lucky enough to have one of those vets who will look at the animal and if there is not anything immediately necessary, will say something along the lines of 'Lets see how it goes for a few days before throwing meds at him/her' and charge a small fee for consultation.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:00 PM

I have a good one too Sue... does a pre-hibernation annual check on both my torts for £15. ;) That's the only time they see him every year.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

 Annual check ups are nothing more than a money making racket for the vets, as there is nothing they can tell you by just looking at it, that you cannot do for yourself, plus the stress of taking them there and exposing them to foreign pathogens can bring out an illness that was not there before.

 

I totally agree; when I first had Harry, I took him to a vet for a check-up, ignorant of the fact that unless they're specialized, they know diddly-squat about torts. I was a bit concerned that Harry had a greenish tinge around an area of his mouth (turned out to be natural pigmentation), and vet said it was 'a typical dirty mouth', whatever that's supposed to be. To cap it all, he gave me some other totally useless information, and then charged me no less than fifty quid for the fifteen minutes I was in there.

I've now found a local veterinary practice that specializes in reptiles, and go there when I have to, but I still think that on the whole, with good husbandry, torts shouldn't need to go unless it's something really concerning.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:15 PM

To be honest and without appearing negative, I always recommend that new owners of my babies don't go for pre-hibernation checks as these are just another money grabber for the company. There is nothing that a vet can tell you re fitness for hibernation that you cannot learn right here, unless of course there is a reason to x-ray or take blood. I've had one owner have a vet tell her not to do it or five years, another say she needs to feed it up a bit first, another say that the shell looked too dull and other equally scary statements. If your tortoise has hibernated once, then presumably you have it's details all logged ready for future years and so long as it is well hydrated, has been eating well previously and has a similar Jacksons ratio to previous years, then all is fine. I find visits to vets scary due to risk of cross contamination to be honest.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:26 PM

Well said, Sue, my sentiments exactly.

OMG! just realized, you're THE Sue Boyle aren't you? " I dreamed a dream of time gone by.................."  BGT's best moment. LOL!

Only jesting, Sue  :hugs:

By the way, I haven't forgotten the echinacea challenge you set me; out of the twelve seeds I started, eight of them got gobbled by slugs, but the other four have done really well; I'll report next year as to whether I've managed to nurture them to maturity, and if so, the little secrets that got me there. 

Watch this space  ;) xxx



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:58 PM

Haha and there was me hoping no-one would notice ;)  I'm used to it now, but it still turns head in hospital waiting rooms lol I just tell them they would not like my singing and I don't do funny little dances lol

Oh wow, that is great re the Echinacea, can't wait to hear the hints Graham.

La la la de da - sorry, it's the best I could muster ;)






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