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Does anyone know why my sick red eared slider is biting at his own front legs or when he will feel better?

Does anyone know why my sick red eared slider is biting at his own front legs or when he will feel better? Topic: How to write a check front and back
June 26, 2019 / By Marshall
Question: I have 2 red eared sliders, about 5 years old, in a 55 gallon tank which is set up properly... heated correctly, basking area, water quality, UVB light, etc. About 3 weeks ago my turtle named Mr. Piggs stopped eating and began basking continuously on his rock all day and night. He started stretching out his front legs, one at a time, in quick jerking motions. (This is not like his normal stretches when he is sunbathing) He would then extend his head and neck out and try to bite at his own front legs... but never reached them. Within a few days of him not eating, I took him to a reptile vet and they gave me antibiotics to give him by injection. They also did a blood sample which came back that his organs are healthy but he is fighting a bacteria infection and that he was dehydrated. For the past 2 weeks, I have been giving Mr. Piggs an injection behind his front legs every other day (which he hates) but I have not seen any improvement. He still basks all day and all night. Per my vets recommendation, I have been submerging him in a separate tank with water for 30 minutes per day so that he can drink and eat... but he won't eat. He has probably eaten only 4-5 times over the past 3 week. He still bites at his front legs and my vet does not know why. Could it be due to him resting on his front legs all day and all night and maybe they ache? Any suggestions? Any ideas on when or if a turtle can bounce back after injections? I also just found a product called Repta Aid which can be given to reptiles when they are dehydrated. Anyone try this on a RES? Sorry for the long story... just very concerned! Thank you for your respones and concern. The reason he is dehydrated is because he basks all day and night and does not enter the water. I am hoping his daily soak is helping. You have been VERY lucky to have had healthy turtles all these years and thanks for shairing your pictures. My guys eat veggies, veggie pellets, dried worms, have a cuttle bone and now and then get a fish or two. Yes, the vet I use is a reptile vet with many years of experience. Hopefully Mr. Piggs will bounce back real soon!
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Jeshaiah Jeshaiah | 10 days ago
did he say why he is dehydrated? sounds odd. How could that be. Respiratory infection? I have had two for 36 yrs and never been sick,I have been blessed for sure. What are you feeding him? I give my gals and guys..For their needed protein and calcium drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows in the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we had in back then were goldfish to feed , so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish! This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also! TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they eat it that’s fine!! They can have garden worms, I collect them after a rain, meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat. They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at least 3 to 4 times a week. They love grapes and strawberries and squash, try some grapes and even baby food squash and put on his mouth, a lil gob... http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Is your vet a rep vet? If not..check out this website. **Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state. I wish you luck These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate. These are not cuddly pets and will bite very very hard. Under 4" they carry a disease called 'salmonella'. So you must wash after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if there is not enough room and food. And my pictures don't lie. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat! Their water needs to be clean otherwise they get sick easily from dirty water cause they poop allot. You need a good filter system !! I am going to write a guy named Oikos he is thee BEST...and see what he thinks.
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Jeshaiah Originally Answered: Will my baby red-eared slider die?
Actually, even a children's vitamin could be helpful if it contains vitamin A because it is highly water soluble, but I would only really recommend that you soak the turtle in a weak solution of Pedialyte and crushed vitamin A supplement. Also, Cod liver oil is very high in vitamin A if you can force the turtle to eat it. You could also try to force feed the turtle with a mix of squished wet baby turtle food and water with cod liver oil added, using a syringe. Your turtle sounds like it has a severe vitamin A deficiency, and it may also have a respiratory infection, in which case only an anti-biotic will save your turtle. The only thing that gives me hope is that you have not mentioned any puss or a bubbling nose. If you see these your turtle has a respiratory infection. Keep the water temperature between 75 and 80 F and the basking spot at 90 to help it fight off infection.
Jeshaiah Originally Answered: Will my baby red-eared slider die?
I'd go for it with the vitamins, and make sure the turtle has plenty of light and the water and tank are kept clean and warm to help him fight the infection. Make sure he is fed well, get some vitamin pellets from your pet shop, and feed him some fresh food as well like shrimps. You just need to make sure he has enough vitamins and that you have a UV lamp for him. If it doesn't clear up soon or gets worse the only option is to get antibiotics.
Jeshaiah Originally Answered: Will my baby red-eared slider die?
Poor turtle must be starving. and might be lacking vitamin A in his diet or has an eye infection. & Children's vitamin is useless to an animal. If your turtle continues withouth any treatment, expect it to die. Check out this website might really help you find out what is exactly wrong:http://www.redearslider.com/physical_conditions.html

Gladwyn Gladwyn
I may not know too much but I've had a red eared for about seven years now and have never had any problems like that except one that sounds familiar. They do hibernate. Or at least mine did. He'd go into a mode where he basked, slept and only ate maybe once a week. He'd do this through all the cold months (four or five down here in Nevada) and just make sure there's food available when he perks himself back up. Im no expert though, try talking to your vet some more sweetheart, and I'm sure he'll be fine. Mine have gone through some stories I'd rather not say and I was amazed they survived.
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Gladwyn Originally Answered: Only one eye of my red eared slider is open?
Your RES might have a puffy & swollen eye. It is normal for your turtle not to eat & it happens. My Eastern Paintes Turtle almost had a puffy & swollen eye. Trust me it's not cool. Your turtle's eye might be like this from the lack of vitamin A. Alot of turtle keeper will exIf a turtle's eyes are swollen, often shut, they either have an infection (conjunctivitis) or a Vitamin A deficiency. Either way, they again will require antibiotics to recover. It will NOT get better on its own. A turtle with swollen eyes will stop eating and become listless and eventually die without treatment. If the infection is severe, the eyes may have to be lanced, something ONLY a professional should ever do. The antibiotic of choice for my vet was triple antibiotic with neomycin, polymyxin B sulfates, and bacitracin zinc. Swollen eyes usually are due to a vitamin deficiency (Vitamins A and/or D). Turtles need plenty of Vitamin A for their eyes from Vitamin A and B-carotene which are provided in meats (as Vitamin A) and caretonoid-rich foods like mango, carrots, sweet potato, tomatoes, etc. I test for Vitamins A and D in foods as part of my job as a chemist so I know which foods are good choices. Reptiles including turtles should also have their diets supplemented with reptile vitamins by coating some of their food in store-bought reptile vitamin dusts. UV radiation from full spectrum natural sunlight or full spectrum fluorescent lights is needed for turtles to make Vitamin D. If turtles do not get the proper lighting or diet, their eyes will swell up and often seal shut. If changing to a good diet and lighting does not fix the problem, then antibiotics will have to be applied (triple antibiotic). Sometimes conjuntivitis (infected eyes) is not related to diet or lighting but that is more rare. In severe cases, a vet may have to lance pus out of infected eyes. There is a new product to treat swollen eyes due to Vitamin A deficiency which is basically an eye drop with Vitamin A in it. It is called Zoo Med Repti Turtle Eye Drops. Here is a link to Drs. Foster & Smith which is one place that sells it. All reptiles need two kinds of light sources. The first is an incandescent lamp for basking that produces heat. Being cold-blooded, all reptiles need to warm themselves up via the sun or incandescent lamps (or ceramic heat emitters). I use a 100 W daylight during the day and a 75 W black night light during the night. The other light required is fluorescent full spectrum lighting with UV rays OR natural sunlight. The UVB rays are especially needed to allow the turtle to process enough Vitamin D. Vitamin deficiencies (A and D mostly) are manifested as swollen, oozing eyes and malformed shells for the most part. If those things show up, check the lighting situation. Since I only had Snappy for a short time, I wanted a cheap fluorescent fixture (I had lamps but no spare fixture). I ended up buying the new ESU Reptile Slimline Reptile Fixture with Super UV Lamp for $20 from Drs. Foster & Smith. It even included the lamp which itself normally sells for $20 so it was a great deal for me. They also sell the fixtures I used for the incandescent heat lamps for Snappy and my lizard, Einstein. Such fixtures should be ceramic where the bulb goes due to the high heat. I ran Snappy's lights from about 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily so it is about half daytime, half night time. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/turhealth.htm#eyes
Gladwyn Originally Answered: Only one eye of my red eared slider is open?
Dont listen to randy im really sorry about your poor little turtle , you can always call a vet and ask for help and tell them whats going on they could probably help you out you might even just try looking up online the symptoms your turtle has you might be able to find something , I hope everything is alright ")

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