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worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by jamie

hey just found out my horsefield has worms 2500 or something

just wondering what is the best way 2 treat them and what is the

procedures i will have 2 go thro

Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by ElaineTPG

Hi Jamie, Can I ask how you found out that the tortoise has worms, as most are invisable to the naked eye? Not sure what is meant by '2500', can you explain? Most keepers will take a faecal sample to the vets, once it has been tested either inhouse by the vet or sent away to be tested. The next step would be your vet treating your tortoise with something like Panacure on at least a couple of treatments, then another faecal sample to be taken to ensure the treatment has worked. If not, treatment to be repeated until the sample is clear. Make extra sure that you keep the areas where the tortoise lives clean and clear of any faecal matter asap and wash your hands with antibacterial soap after handeling.


Please post again if this has not answered your question as there are a couple of points that i was unclear about.


Take care


Elaine


 

Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by jamie

hey

sorry i didnt explaine the sample was sent to be tested by the vet

and i was told there was around 2500 worm eggs

they are also testing for salmonella but havent herd about that yet should hear tmorrow

thanx

Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by ElaineTPG

OK i am with you now Click and drag me down to the editor. You have done really well to get her tested then, was she showing signs of being ill? The vet will give her a dose of Panacure (Fenbenzole is the correct name for it) or he may give some other treatment depending of what type of worm the test has discovered. Was the tortoise pet shop bought? Keep all her food, water bowls a really good clean each day and move and poo as soon as you can as it can reinfect the tortoise. You NEED to break the life cycly of the worm by being extra clean especially until the treatment are finished. PLEASE let us know how you get on and I would keep any elderly or sick people or young children away from the tortoise for the moment until you know about whether the tortoise has salmonella or not.


Fingers crossed for you Jamie,


take care


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Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by jamie

yeah he has been very dull this last while and it took 3weeks for him to poo so i could get it to the vet i was bathing him 2wice aday thot it was never going to comeClick and drag me down to the editor


i did buy him from a pet shop and i am suspecting he has been inported because he has a few chips around his shell and looked abit beat up really. its sad that this is allowed


i got alot off advise from helen and it was her that gave me this site and told me i would get alot off help hear she has been very helpfull i will keep u updated on marios progress


thanx for the advise

Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by ElaineTPG

Poor Mario, You'll have a different tortoise once all this gets sorted out. Yes, Helen is a star! We'll be thinking of you both tomorrow.

TC

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Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by tpgadmin

Hi Jamie

Glad to see you here.  So poor Mario has worms - it was odds on wasn't it that he would have I'm so pleased you got him checked out and this would definitely account for Mario's inactivity.  Once you get him sorted out then you'll see a different little tortoise. 

I hope he goes on alright you must keep us informed and I'll check in to see how he is after I get back from my holidays.

Helen

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Re: worms
Posted: 20/10/2008 by jamie

yeah ill let u know how he gets on with the treatment thanx for the help

 

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