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RE: Internal parasites

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Posted by: MMathis at Fri Jul 2 13:50:21 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by MMathis ]  
   

OK. This was an interesting vet visit! I went back in the lab area to watch them run the "float" test -- now I know why it's called that! It was neat to see the eggs under the microscope!

There were whipworm and hookworm eggs present, but that's all. It was a challenge for the vet to come up with a treatment since the main cure-all [Ivermectin?] is poisonous to turtles. It was also a challenge to come up with a dosing method and dosage.

We are going to use something called Panacur C [fenbendazole] in a granule form that can be mixed with/sprinkled on their food. I'll treat them every 2 days for a total of 3 treatments, then repeat same in 3 weeks. Then 3 weeks after that I'll take another poop sample in.

I'll mix up a smaller-than-usual amt. of food when I add the meds. so I should be able to monitor who eats & how much. Naturally the concern is whether each turtle will get an adequate amount of the medication, but there was a wide dosing range.

I'll keep you posted.


   

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