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#1 Reajen01

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 01:18 PM

Wimble has returned from the vets visit and I think he may be more perturbed than me!

The senior vet is a so called 'exotics' specialist but I was given advice that he obviously regurgitated from his training forty years ago. I won't list it all here but one of the things that really shocked me what his advice to give a teaspoon of dog food per week to provide protein.

I was trembling in anger and plan to write to the surgery once I have calmed down, if I had have opened my mouth in the consulting room a bomb would have gone off, so to speak!

So I have decided to get a faecal sample done via post with a lab recommended on another replete forum I read about. Then if he does have anything I will make the longer journey to the other vet for treatment (the lab provide reports accepted by vets).

I already have the sample kit and Wimble just obliged me of his first offering whilst enjoying his bath, well done Wimble, stick with me and you'll be alright sunshine 😀

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

*reptile, not replete hehe

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 02:56 PM

That is shocking advice. Can you PM me with the vet please and if he is on my recommended list he will be removed pronto. Did he say why to give animal protein?

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 04:31 PM

Omg, that is shocking, you would be surprised how many say there exotic vets but get it wrong. :wink:



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

He's not on your list Sue as I checked when you gave me the link to your site (I read all of it in fact ).

I do strongly now feel that no vet can determine any underlying issue if there isn't a good history from the owner and clear symptoms, so as Wimble appears completely healthy in every way, pending the results of his faecal test, I will only be using a vet if he falls ill. And under those circumstances I would be prepared to travel, just to ensure Wimble got the best care possible.

Plus the vet fees are extortionate for faecal testing and they (these vets we visited) only send off one sample, the lab I am using insists on three over a maximum of a week as some parasites are shed intermittently.

I understand professionals enjoying having specialisms but it is so worrying that the advice is so poor. He got the substrate advice right, top soil, but recommended it be kept extremely dry as they are a desert species. Even a little common sense and empathy would help (imagining the wild environment) but nope. So infuriating

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 08:29 PM

Well he's wrong that hermanns are a desert species for starters. If you look at any tortoise overnight site in the Med, you will find a fair bit of moisture, hatchlings would all die otherwise, what a numpty! I do find it concerning that a vet is allowed to specialise in tortoises without actually knowing much about their natural habitat. Does he have the Zoocert certificate displayed? I would be asking hoe Med plants survive in completely dry soil, silly man!

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 09:00 PM

Silly man is the best way of describing him!! My mum was a vet nurse until she retired and I grew up around vets, newly qualified and time served specimens hehe. One in particular was a bovine specialist but would always suspend a consultation fee if she encountered a species she had no knowledge of, then researching thoroughly before consulting again. We are still in contact and she has already started looking into things but she is too far away to make it more than an occasional social visit, sadly. Us tort keepers need access 25/7 ideally I guess!




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