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my new horsefield
Posted: 06/03/2011 by markiemark

Hi, I just recently bought 2 horsefields and one of. Them has a blocked up nose, I just want some advise on what to do, is it serious? Or is it cos they thaare still young?

Re: my new horsefield
Posted: 06/03/2011 by TPGDarren

Hiya,

It could be a foreign body has wedged itself in the nasal passage or it may well be RNS, which can move into the lungs and become very serious if not treated, usually with Batryl. You really need to take both of your tortoises to a specailist vet to get them checked out. May I ask where you got them from please?

Kindest Regards
Darren

Re: my new horsefield
Posted: 06/03/2011 by markiemark

Yeah if course.. we got them from an exotic pet dealer, based in chesterfield! Do you know were I could find a vet to help?

Thanks for your help darren

Re: my new horsefield
Posted: 06/03/2011 by TPGDarren

Hiya,

Unfortunately, tortoises from the pet trade have a much higher rate of problems than from a genuine UK breeder due to where they are sources and the because they are kept with so many other tortoises - only one needs to be ill and if spreads:-(

There are a couple of good vet lists:-

http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/files/VetlistApril20009.pdf

http://www.britishcheloniagroup.org.uk/vetscorner/vetlist.htm

 

Is you tortoises in a vivarium, Horsfield tortoises aren't good in a vivarium due to an almost one-temperature environment and also the high humidity will cause respiratory problems. Here are some care sheets that will hopefully help:-

http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/87.asp

 

Ideas for set-ups:-

http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/58.asp

Hope you can find a vet close to you. Whilst they are at the vets, it would be worth getting the vet to check stool samples for parasites as they are quite common in tortoises from the pet trade. Please feel free to ask any questionsClick and drag me down to the editor

HTH
Darren

Re: my new horsefield
Posted: 06/03/2011 by TPGDarren

Sorry - so many typos:-) - was rushing about at the time:-)

Re: my new horsefield
Posted: 07/03/2011 by markiemark

 

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