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burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 26/02/2013 by yoshini.123

hi im yoshini, im from sri lanka. i have a star tortoise and it got badly burnt by a fire. i dabbed on some inflammatory ointment on the shell and the four legs. the skin on the two back legs have fallen off  and the its exposed. im scared whether it will get infected. unfortunately there are no vets around here who are specialised in treating tortoises. it also has mucus coming out of its nose or mouth and it has difficulty in breathing and i have no idea what to do . PLEASE HELP ME ASAP! Click and drag me down to the editorClick and drag me down to the editor

Re: burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 26/02/2013 by TPGDarren

You really must get him to a vets for painkillers (Metacam)as he will be in very much pain and for Antibiotics. Most vets will be able to treat the burns. He will want Batryl (chemical name enrofloxacin) to prevent infection. Please let us know how you get on
Kindest Regards

Re: burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 27/02/2013 by yoshini.123

dear darren,

thanx so so much for replying, should the painkillers be given via an injection and for how many days and the dosage??   Also on last sunday and tuesday he was given an antibiotic dose by injection.  but i have no idea what the antibiotic is. i also want to know the dosage and the number of days the antibiotic that you prescribed should be given pls.  he has not eaten or drunk anything at all for the past 4 days , but i force fed him some glucose water through a syringe 2 days before thinking he would get dehydrated.  is it good to force feed?  

thank you so much again,




Re: burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 27/02/2013 by TPGDarren

Hi Yoshini,

You need to ask the vet. It depends what the AB's and Painkillers are and what strength they are. Both the painkillers and the AB's can be given orally or by injection - the Ab's are better by injection if possible. The AB's need to be given as long as there is a risk of infection to open wounds. As they are burns, it may take some time. I would ask to see a vet again and explain you would like to do the AB injections and Painkillers yourself. He/she may show you how to administer both?

Re: burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 28/02/2013 by yoshini.123

can you kindly tell me the dosage of Metacam and batryl, so that i can tel my vet because he dosent seem to know it.

thank you,


Re: burnt tortoise! Help!!
Posted: 26/04/2013 by karenza

How is your tortoise now? Did he/she recover?


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