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#1 Janst4

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 07:59 AM

I took my poorly tortoise to see the vet, who after tests said they were full of worms so wormed them. The biggest less lethargic tortoise has pooped but the smaller more poorly one haven't how long should I wait before going back to the vet? We have an appointment in 10 days to repeat the worming treatment. Should I just wait?

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 12:27 PM

A lot depends on what the temperatures are and whether the tortoise is well hydrated or not. In very warm conditions with plenty of hydration, food will pass through the gut quickly, but when you think it takes around a month for them to empty fully after winding down for hibernation, it shows just how long it can take. Are you giving your tortoises plenty of long warm baths to help them empty? Hopefully your vet advised this, when he took samples for worming. Are they passing worms at all?



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Posted 27 September 2014 - 03:12 PM

Tortoise is well hydrated vet reccomendednnbathing twice daily with reptoboost added. Basking area about 79 degree ambient temp around 69 - 70. Don't appear to be passing worms.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 07:42 PM

The vet suggested reptoboost when he thought worms were present! That's odd!



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

Why is this odd?

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:11 AM

I would have thought reptoboost should have been offered after worming was complete if at all, to reload the gut with probiotics and even then only if the tortoise was not eating normally. What was the worm count (sorry just being nosy)? Always interested to see what various vets offer :/



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

The vet just said it was a very high worm loads and as he hadn't eaten for a while he was given an injection of calcium and something else which I can't remember something with electrolytes in and some kind of supplement. He then told me to bath him putting reptoboost in his bath. Lola my female has been eating and tramping around but Harry has just started eating today, he us still very lethargic . I haven't seen any worms.

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 03:24 PM

Most probs he gave him a vitamin injection which is not advised for torts,they can go weeks with out eating,hydration is the main key

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 03:31 PM

I agree Matt. Not sure why calcium was used to be honest unless bloods had been taken first with results showing this was needed. This time of year, they will be slowing down naturally too, so this could account for a lot of the behaviour. Hopefully he will be OK after the worms have gone. They should not be hibernated this year obviously.



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:02 PM

Thanks for the advice guys I will keep you informed as to his progress. I had also been advised agains hibernation this year.

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:46 PM

I just wonder if vets need to 'do something' to justify their high charges!! X x x xhugs x x x

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 06:25 PM

I would pay their high fees without question as long as they help my tortoise get better. Xx

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 07:14 PM

LOL, I think sometimes they get 'pedestal syndrome'. You  always get good vets who seem to charge more and good vets who are just interested in helping the animals regardless. I find myself incredibly lucky to have one of the latter, but have to say if he charged higher prices I would pay them anyway and go without myself, if need be. I do think there should be some sort of guideline though as to what they charge, after all, why charge double for a tortoise, for what you would pay for a similar treatment for a dog or cat? There are also many vets jumping on the bandwagon where tortoises are concerned and seem to think that because they have treated a few successfully they can call themselves a tortoise vet. If you really want to know if your vet is well qualified to treat exotics, then ask if they hold the zoocert certificate. It might just get them to lower the charge ;)



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:01 PM

To be honest i find that a good vet that cares about their welfare arnt expensive at all!a little practice that i go to in my town dont charge me at all for check up or anthing only for medications ie wormer so costs me very little,the vet i see is dutch and she is a specialist in reptiles who gives vetinary care to local parks and zoos

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 06:20 PM

Update on Harry and Lola. Went back to vet last Wednesday Lola had picked up a bit but Harry seemed much worse, vet decided to hospitalise them both as they have never been separated, new worm sample was done still massive high count so readjustment to dosage. Harry breathing was becoming laboured so an X-Ray of lungs was done fortunately it was clear... Harry is being feed assisted, bathed and monitored. Rang vet today to be told Harry is a bit brighter today passing loads of worms so hopefully he will clear out soon.
And vet bill isn't too bad I must say, will definitely be sticking with this practice.




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