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#1 gemmaprince

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:49 AM

Me and my family have had our tortoise for about 7/8 years now and only recently he seems to have a problem with breathing. He started opening his mouth while he was breathing a few months ago but we thought nothing of it but it has recently gotten worse.  He open his mouth completely when he breathes now and seems in pain. His shell is also quite soft and he hasn't been eating and we are now very worried. We are taking him to the vets as soon as possible I just wanted to know if anyone has any idea what the cause could be and whether it could be potentially life threatening? Me and my family are willing to do whatever we can to make sure he gets better.

 

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#2 JerryMaffz

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 10:49 AM

Hi Gemma,

 

Sorry to hear your tortoise is ill..If this was mine I would take him to a specialist tortoise/reptile vet immediately. I'm no expert but the symptoms you describe can be caused by many things from insufficient habitat to parasites. The soft shell could be down to poor diet or husbandry ie..Too little calcium or a Vitamin deficiency....Perhaps if you tell us about the diet and housing of your tortoise then the more experienced members can offer some more advice..Please go to the vets soon though and I hope he gets back on track soon.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 11:15 AM

Replied to this on your other post! exotics vet is needed immediately though to increase chances of recovery. If you geive your approximate location Gemma, we can point you to a decent vet.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:13 PM

Replied to this on your other post! exotics vet is needed immediately though to increase chances of recovery. If you geive your approximate location Gemma, we can point you to a decent vet.

 

Hello Sue,

Thanks for the reply I live in North West London so around Camden we are taking him to a specialist first thing tomorrow as he has grown very weak and is sleeping at the moment. We are giving him a small dose of critical care medicine every 2 hours as he is not eating.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:29 PM

Ok, plenty of decent vets near to you Gemma. good luck ;)

#6 gemmaprince

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 04:28 PM

Hello All,

 

Apologies for the late reply hector unfortunately passed away at the Vets a few days ago as he was extremely weak. They are still unsure of what happened to him.






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