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RE: Listless spotted turtle

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Posted by: paulcschmidt at Mon May 1 19:54:04 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by paulcschmidt ]  
   

You were right on. I actually took him in this morning and the vet gave him antibiotic shot, fluids, and vitamin A shot. He was amazingly active at the vet, given his lethargic nature here. I have to give antibiotic shots every three days for three weeks. She also said if he does not start to eat in five days, to bring him back in. I have seen some open mouth breathing and his eyes were swollen, so I think pnemonia is probably the right diagnose.

The vet recommended adding greens to the diet, e.g. kale and spinach to help with the vitamin A. Do your spotteds eat greens? She also recommended trout chow (which my turtles will not touch) and live prey...which the female loves and I assume the male will once he recovers. She also recommended dusting the prey in vitamins once a week.

The vet thinks the male was sick before I received him.

Vet also recommended UVB lamp and taking the turtles out in the sun for 10 - 15 minutes at a time. Said I should have UVB lamp plus a lamp that will maintain temperature at 85 - 95 degrees at basking area.

Bought a wet/dry vac which was phenomenal...makes cleaning a lot easier.

Any comments on her recommendations?


   

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