unwell tortoise????

by alison
(west midlands)

hi, i have a tortoise that is 5 yrs old and has been perfectly healthy upto a week ago.

he isnt eating or drinking, and im putting him in reptoboost baths twice aday. he seems to gag on anything i put into his mouth and he throws his head back and makes strange squeaky sounds and sometimes his usual hiss.
ive noticed he has yellow patches on his tongue but no noticeable changes to his saliva? he also has done a wee and a runny poo. (sorry but u need to know)

please help as im really concerned for him.

thanks for any advice you may give

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Apr 24, 2011
by: alison

thanks for your kind words shelly,
take care x

Apr 22, 2011
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am SO sorry to hear about Sheldon. You clearly loved him and wanted to do the best for him.

I, too, wish things had turned out better.

My heart goes out to you.

Keep it slow and steady.

Apr 21, 2011
sheldons unwell????
by: alison

Sadly Sheldon didnt make it, he died on 19th april in the early hours. i couldnt post earlier as we are absoulutly gutted.

at about 1am he started to make a kind of duck noise, like he had something stuck in his nose or throat. i got up with him and couldnt see anything obvious so i called the vet, when i finally got past all the automated stuff i was told to take him in the morning and the exotic vet would come in specially to see him. but within half an hour his eyes had sunk into his head and he was unresponsive when i touched his legs. i stayed up with him and he never changed how he was and by the morning he had begun to stiffen up so he had passed away.

devestated doesnt come close to how i feel, we have buried him in the garden and planted a bleeding heart in his memory. he will never be forgotton as he had such charactor and definatly will be missed by our family.

thank you all for your advice and posts, i just wish i had found this site sooner so i knew he was really ill and got him to the vets quicker.

Apr 19, 2011
Vet Trip
by: Shelly

Good for your for getting vet help. Do keep us posted on how your little friend is doing.

Keep it slow and steady.

Apr 18, 2011
update on unwell!!!
by: alison

just to let you know sheldon is still no better and is booked into Manor vets on the hagley road tomorrow at 5.10pm.
i was giving him till today (monday) to start picking up and if he hadnt he was going to be seen. so i'll keep you posted.

Apr 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

take him to a vet right away

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