Red-Eared Sliders Please help

by Ethel

I bought 2 RES about 6 months ago. They should be less than a year old and are still pretty tiny in size.

Terrapin A has about 4 white spots on its shell. I did some research and it says those are fungal or bacteria infection. is it true? how do I treat that??
Terrapin A also has these pink discolouring on its carapace..what are those and how do I treat it too??
He is eating well and very active still.

Terrapin B suffers from swollen eyes. He keeps them closed and opens them only when i put him under direct sunlight to bask. He 'awakes' once a day to eat. after which goes back to sleep. He is generally shy and quiet.

I come from Singapore and its a small country. We dont have many vets who really know how to treat turtles and tortises etc. All I can rely on is online self research and trial and error. The types of products such as vitamins and food are also limited here.

I feed my RES XO brand pellets, dried blood worms, dried shrimps. Recently, I added calcium block and Hobo brand liquid vitamin and eyes cleaner for terrapin B. All these products are bought over the shelf. I try to sun them as much as I can over the window ledge and change their tank water 1 or 2 times a day with added anti-chlorine. I have also tried adding salt into their water and keeping them in warm water.

None of the conditions have improved over the last 2-3 weeks.
Should i try things like, vinegar? antifungal cream?

Thank you so much for your time, I really really appreciate it if you could provide some solutions and answers for me..

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May 03, 2011
by: Ethel

Thank you, much appreciated :)

May 02, 2011
Sick Pets
by: Anonymous

Please don't put salt in the water. Red eared sliders are fresh water animals.

The slider with eye problems needs either vitamin A or an antibiotic or both. Only a vet can tell you exactly which medicine and how much.

If you can't find a vet to help you, I suggest you look for a turtle or tortoise rescue center.

You seem like someone who cares very much for these animals. I hope you can find the help you need.

PS. The sunlight through the window is not good enough. These animals need sunlight (UVB light). If you can't give it to them directly, they will need light from a UVB light you put over their habitat. It should be on for about 12 hours each day. Without this, they will die for sure because they won't be able to metabolize their food correctly.

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