desert tortise injured

by Ina Tibbs
(HuntingtonBeach CA)

My daughter's in AZ tortise got his foot caught in a fence and pulled off a toenail. Can she glue it back on? it's not bleeding but wants to know how to treat it so it won't get infected. Please help

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Jul 17, 2011
keep it clean
by: Jen

Please do not glue the nail back on, it will cause infection and a new nail will replace it anyways. You can take it to a vet so they can take care of it, or if you are more experienced you can keep it clean by rinsing and drying the foot off a few times a day and using betadine as a disinfectant, there are also a few antibiotic ointments you can get from any drug store that can be used on turtles as well, although I can't remember the names so you might want to look up what's ok.

Jun 25, 2011
Tortise injury
by: Ina Tibbs

thanks for your information. Really appreciate it. Is there a charge for your reply? Thanks again. Ina

Jun 25, 2011
by: Anonymous

i would defiantly not glue it back on, that would be more of a cause for infection. I would take it to a vet and they might give you some antibiotics and sterilize the foot then wrap it up so it won't get infected.

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