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Stan 07-01-2019 12:38 PM

Septicemia in a hibernating tortoise?
 
Hi, I am hoping someone can offer some advise. I have a tortoise in who is 5 weeks into hibernation.
I have checked on the tortoise, and there appears to be bruising on the carapace.
Would this likely be septicemia?

I am aware that if i wake him up, then an infection (if present) would likely spread rapidly. so i am reluctant to take him out before contacting a vet.

Does anyone have any experience from this that they can share, until I hear back from exotic vet?

I have a picture but think i need more posts

Alan1 10-01-2019 09:58 AM

I think you might need 5 posts total but try it anyway, or post three more posts

CherryBrandy 10-01-2019 02:53 PM

sorry to hear this you must be very worried. I think the vet will say to bring him in asap, perhaps with minimal disturbance, but I wonder why you suspect septicaemia rather than anything else? Was there an event or blunt force trauma ?

post / copy so that you reach 5 posts quicker then you can post a picky if you think we can assist , CB

burnt toast 11-01-2019 08:00 PM

Yes unfortunately it's 100% possible for sceptacemia to develop during hibernation.

I would wake him slowly, hydrate & warm steadily. He needs an urgent vet visit for antibiotics (probably Fortum, it you can get it) keep tort warm 24/7 whilst he's taking the meds, as it will boost his immune system.

Your vet needs to check him over thoroughly as this illness is usually a secondary condition .

(One of mine had it due to a cracked plastron which let gram negative bacteria enter)

Suze65 12-01-2019 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burnt toast (Post 676472)
Yes unfortunately it's 100% possible for sceptacemia to develop during hibernation.

I would wake him slowly, hydrate & warm steadily. He needs an urgent vet visit for antibiotics (probably Fortum, it you can get it) keep tort warm 24/7 whilst he's taking the meds, as it will boost his immune system.

Your vet needs to check him over thoroughly as this illness is usually a secondary condition .

(One of mine had it due to a cracked plastron which let gram negative bacteria enter)

Agree with this

Yvonne G 12-01-2019 04:04 PM

I just read about this on another site. Turns out the tortoise went into hibernation with food in his stomach. He was treated and it turned out well.


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