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Poorly tort
Posted: 23/05/2013 by mrs f

Hello everyone,

Mrs Brown, Hermans, 2007, seems to be unwell and i dont know why, she hasnt eaten for about 4 days now, and hasnt been for a poo for well over a week, i am bathing every day, and she is passing water ok, with no urates in, and is moving around a bit but is quite lathergic, today she was just sat under her lamp, back legs tucked in but front one out and sort of rocking slowly, she kept her head out and let me stroke her, but wouldnt eat the cucumber i was trying to feed her, her eyes look ok, there is no discharge from eyes or nose but she is definatly not her self. Any idea's ??

Many thanks

Debs   

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 23/05/2013 by Tom

Hello Debs, This raises a few ?s. How long have you had it? Was it from a UK breeder? What is the temp. range in the T.Table? Do you put it in an outside enclosure in reasonable weather? What do you feed it on? Temp below the lamp? Anything else relevant?
Regards
Tom

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 23/05/2013 by mrs f

Hi Tom,

Had Mrs b for 4 years, she is indoors, table top box but on the floor, with door cut out so she goes walk about all the time, around the conservetory, has lots of places to hide , she goes in and out of her house all the time, her basking lamp is at 32 degrees, diet is weeds, bagged mixed lettuce through winter months, she hibernated from end Nov for about 10 weeks, Fridge method, and she is placed out in garden on warm sunny days, she is about 13cm , cant remember weight, im at work, but i note it down every month, hope this helps, thanks

Debs 

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 23/05/2013 by Tom

Hello Debs, your husbandry is reasonable. The Met. Office class this May as the worst since 1979. Having been out on nice days, they don't like coming back in. They need a wooden shelter & as much room as poss outside, (at least 6x3m)
I'm surprised it has sat "all day" under a "bulb" at 32C. Let's hope for a good weekend & being outside stimulates feeding. Let us know what happens svp.
Regards
Tom

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 28/05/2013 by mrs f

Hi Tom,

ust updating you on Mrs B, she has been out in the garden over the week end inthe sunshine, and brought back in at night, still hasnt eaten much at all, even when roaming where there are pansies out for her, she took a small dandelion head on Saturday, but she still hasnt poo'd.. Bathing every day and keeping eye on her, she is walking ok, and has had a  wee, no urates so i know she is not dehydrated, but has now getting worried with the amount of time without a poo ... think it is nearly three/four weeks now..

Thanks for all the advise the site offers..

 

Debs

  

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 28/05/2013 by mrs f

Forgot to ask... do you know of anysort of laxative i should give her and do you think that would be a god idea ?

Thanks

Re: Poorly tort
Posted: 02/06/2013 by Tom

Hello Debs,
Best to avoid a laxative. As feeding increases the problem should be resolved. If feeding does'nt soon become vigorous, in this lovely weather, then it's best to seek advice from a specialist vet.....Keep us updated.
Regards
Tom

 

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