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#1 Gemma86

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:54 PM

Im guessing you can tell a lot from the health of a tortoise from the shape of its shell

Is my tortoise shell ok?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:35 PM

How long have you had your tortoise for? Do you know its age?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:24 PM

You are correct t that a lot can be told by the shell condition, also by the way it walks and Id guess this little one probably walks very low to the ground rather than on tip toes. Have you always had this tortoise or is it one youve rehomed? At some point its been deprived of either supplements, uvb, D3 or possibly all three. Its had a very slow start in life followed by some very fast growth. Do you have pics of underneath?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:07 PM

Hatched 2008 - according to his certificate

bought from pet shop in 2009 I think

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:13 PM

Ive taken him to the vet every year, they dont think there is a problem with his shell

He has always had a uvb light- on all day and replaced twice a year

Dont give him d3, as had a d3 rock placed in his cage instead, but never see him go near it! The reason I stopped giving d3 was because he stopped eating the food it was on and the vet said the rock and the pellets should be fine - his shell isnt soft

He walks pretty fast on his tip toes

What can be done to improve his condition?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:13 PM

Ive taken him to the vet every year, they dont think there is a problem with his shell

He has always had a uvb light- on all day and replaced twice a year

Dont give him d3, as had a d3 rock placed in his cage instead, but never see him go near it! The reason I stopped giving d3 was because he stopped eating the food it was on and the vet said the rock and the pellets should be fine - his shell isnt soft

He walks pretty fast on his tip toes

What can be done to improve his condition?

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:46 PM

You really need an exotics Vet Gemma, small animal practices dont know anything about tortoises really. They often give awful advice too. You really should have supplemented with a calcium balancer daily from day one, this helps with correct shell growth, along with humid hides for overnight. D3 rocks are just pet shop gimmicks, calcium alone is not enough Im afraid. Pellets arent suitable for hermanns and are far too high protein, which is what has caused these deformities. He needs weeds such as those found here www.tortsmad.com/diet.htm His spine is depressed which is a result of metabolic bone disease, the high protein has also caused the extra thickening of his shell, this is too much keratin being laid down. Im afraid theres nothing that can be done to improve his appearance, but you can improve his overall health by getting him some Nekton MSA and using it daily on his food. You can get this from Amazon. Also, in summer, he will benefit greatly from being outdoors. First and foremost Id change your vet, Id be pretty cross with a vet that didnt recognise metabolic problems. If you give us an idea of where you are we can point you in the direction of a good one. Hope this helps.




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