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Posted: 09/03/2015 by Snowflakes

hi my horsfield has been poorly for a few weeks now and has been hospitalised at our local vets for a week. We collected her last week and have just been told the news that she tested positive for mycoplasma. I don't really know what that means! Is she going to be ok? She looks ok not well but ok. I need to take her back in a fortnight. Does anyone know anything about mycoplasma? 

Many thanks 

Re: Mycroplasma
Posted: 09/03/2015 by Tom

Hello again,

It is a type of bacterial infection. There are several species, all of which are serious, but with veterinary treatment, it should recover.

May I ask where you got it ?


Re: Mycroplasma
Posted: 10/03/2015 by Snowflakes

Hi Tom,

My husband bought her in an aquarium shop which has since closed down as an Easter surprise! After reading up on here I now know he should of went to a breeder. Big mistake, though on buying her we had her checked and she appeared very healthy and was given the thumbs up.

She's got a tube in her neck which I'm putting all her medicines and critical care food down as she's not interested in food and when I spoke to the vet he seemed very calm about it but when I googled online I've read it's very dangerous and it can be fatal in people's comments. To be honest I've just scared myself rather than found anything helpful! I've took her tortoise soil out of her guinea pig cage which is fitted with both lights to keep her as hygienic as possible. Vet bills though are pretty high so I'm regretting not insuring her! 

Re: Mycroplasma
Posted: 11/03/2015 by Tom

I'm sorry to hear all of that.

Horsfields in the pet trade are imported & serious problems are common. 

Best wishes,


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