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Bubblenose
Posted: 27/06/2012 by dj

Advice please. Two year old Ibera has Bubblenose. Two others of same age unaffected as yet. They live in an outdoor enclosure on a soil/play sand substrate and sleep in a wooden hut on/in Timothy straw. Only change is the addition of a cold frame over the hut 10 days ago. Have a vet's appointment the day after next but keen to draw on your experience. Is it a virus or a reaction to the change in conditions? Could she be allergic to straw? What do others use as bedding in an outdoor house? Should the snotty one be segregated? Look forward to hearing from you. David.

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 28/06/2012 by tortoise7

Hi
How often have you seen this bubble nose? was after eating food or a bath?
Jane

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 29/06/2012 by dj

Seen three consecutive days but not yesterday. Would not have been after a bath but after a drink? It's possible. I'm inclined to think the weeds they are given would not produce this result. Still, it's the vets tonight, so we will see what the professional view is. Thanks for asking. D

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 29/06/2012 by tortoise7

Hi
Hope it went well at the vets, what did they say?

Jane

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 02/07/2012 by dj

Attended Clive Munns of Montgomery Veterinary Centre in Smeeth. A keeper himself, we were very impressed with the time and care he gave. Definitely Runny Nose Syndrome. Prescribed Baytril once a day. After experimenting had to apply to favourite leaves. Now giving 2 baths a day and he was adamant that they should not be outdoors under 19 degrees c which ours definitely have been although in a hut in straw. So they overnight in the house now. The vet wants us to return with all 3 of ours in two weeks. Fingers crossed that these measures do the trick and there are no nastier reasons in the background. David

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 09/07/2012 by dj

10 days now, has anyone been here before? Baytril administered daily as prescribed but runny nose not stopped. Although eating and active (especially after bathing), has lost 3 grams in this time (measured on different scales unfortunately). Due back at vets at end of the week. Other two torts still unaffected.

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 19/07/2012 by dj

Hope this helps someone. Re-visited Vet. Now have three tortoises with Runny Nose Syndrome. Baytril dosage increased, no going outdoors as the sun does not get hot enough for long enough for nature to do its stuff. So it is baths, baytril, calcium supplement and megaray to give nature a hand. Still a worry though.

Re: Bubblenose
Posted: 31/07/2012 by dj

After two weeks of high living indoors under Megaray with plenty of baths and the hiding of baytril between favourite leaves and we seem to have turned the corner with not a runny nose in sight. All three now gaining weight. Given us much to think about with our husbandry arrangements. Although familiar with The Tortoise Table, for something different, can anyone tell me a favourite flower they are using at the moment that is readily available?

 

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